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1: To Mother and Dad, With love and gratitude, your children Elaine, Carol, Joan, Norris, Brian | Celebrating Dad's 90th Birthday, March 27, 2007 | Celebrating Mother's 90th Birthday March 13, 2009
2: Find Us Faithful We're pilgrims on the journey of the narrow road, And those who've gone before us line the way, Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary, Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace, Chorus Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful, May the fire of our devotion light their way, May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, And the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful. Verse 2 After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone, And our children sift through all we've left behind, May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find. Chorus Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful, May the fire of our devotion light their way, May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, And the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion light their way, May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, And the lives we live inspire them to obey, Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful. Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful. | Sung by the grandchildren at Mother and Dad's 50th anniversary celebration. | Words and Music: Jon Mohr / Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music
3: ANDERSON-SJODIN Highland Baptist Church, Kipling, was the scene of a pretty wedding July 5 when Virginia Martha, daughter of Mrs. Emma Sjodin, Kipling, became the bride of Lorne Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. David N. Anderson, Constance, who is with the Canadian Army. Harold Kemp performed the ceremony. The bride was attended by Virginia Anderson, Regina, and Stanley Sjodin was groomsman. Henry Tranberg, Stockholm, played the organ and Carmen Anderson, Wetaskiwin, Alta., was violin soloist. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Gust Sjodin, Vancouver. She wore a white sheer bridal gown. Her veil draped from a heart-shaped crown and she carried a bouquet of pink carnations. The bridsmaid wore a gown of pink sheer with matching coronet and carried sweet peas. Norman Noren, cousin of the bride, scattered rose petals. Eighty guests were present at a reception which followed. Harold Kemp was toastmaster and Carmen Anderson played violin selections. At a buffet luncheon, Esther Noren, Sarah Molberg, Florence Archer, Margaret Pearson, Audrey Kemp, Emma Kovach and Ellen Johnson performed the honors. The bride's table was cenered with peonies and a tiered cake. Guests from outside points: Mrs. David Anderson, Constance; Mr. Leslie Hewey and Jack, Dauphin, Man; Mr. and Mrs. William Archer, Mrs. Harry Smalley and Eileen, Winnipeg; Mrs. Pingle, Bowmanville, Ont.; Carmen Anderson, Wetaskiwin; Miss Lisa and Archie Glendenning, Mr. and Mrs. Henry LaRose, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dew, Windthorst; Mrs. Ellen Larson and Lennart, Mrs. Hepburn and Mrs. Sundquist, Percival; Sarah Molberg, Midale; Bernie Eliason, Wadena; Henry Tranberg, Stockholm; and Gust Sjodin, Vancouver. | Lorne and Virginia Anderson July 5, 1942 | Announcement in the local newspaper
4: LORNE EARL ANDERSON MARCH 27, 1917 Lorne was the second son born to David and Anna Anderson, who lived on homesteaded land in Little Woody, near Constance, Saskatchewan, Canada. David’s grandfather, Myrback Lars Halfvardsson [2/01/1830-1885?] left Dalarna, Sweden March 11, 1879. A widower for 3 years [Sara Andersdotter (7/03/1833-6/17/1875)] the father of four - the future in Sweden looked very bleak indeed. His tiny farm in the village of Nordanker and the parish of Dala Jarna was too small to be divided among his three sons, as was the custom in Sweden. America was the Land of Promise. Like many of his compatriots, he would leave everything that was familiar to find new opportunities for his family. This step promised a huge tract of free land – a quarter section, 160 acres. Years before, in 1868 his sister Christina and her husband Anders Larsson and three children had immigrated to America. She urged him to join them in Cokato, Minnesota, the destination for many Swedes. In the first three months of 1879, over 6,000 family groups had registered their departure from Sweden. Many reasons prompted their decision, among them the enticing notices of free land to settle the unpopulated lands of America, famine conditions in parts of Sweden, the burden of exorbitant taxes on the peasant farmers, and the distrust of organized religion as waves of spiritual revival spread across their land. So Lars Halfvardsson sold his small farm with its buildings and woods to a timber company. With the proceeds of the sale he bought the tickets to take him and his small family to North America. His eldest son Anders Larsson had just married, and chose to stay in Sweden. He took his second-born son Lars Larsson, his third child Olof Larsson, and his daughter Greta Larsdotter. Her excitement about the trip was different from her father's. Years later she told her granddaughter Margaret that she could hardly wait to get to the magical land of America where, she had heard that everyone ate white bread - something she had never tasted before! Leaving Dala Jarna, they traveled 100 miles south to Karlstad with their possessions loaded on an oxcart. There they were able to take a train to the port of Goteborg. April 4, 1879, they embarked from Goteborg on the S.S. Orlando, heading for Hull, England. From Hull they traveled by train to Liverpool, then headed for New York City. For twelve days they were confined in a small cabin on the American-bound ship. Finally they could see the shores of America that they had dreamt about! | On a recent trip to Sweden, Reta Anderson Richert enjoyed seeing the house where her Grandmother Greta Larsdotter Anderson had lived! She enlarged the picture to the right and gave to her siblings upon her return.
5: Once they left the ship, they passed through immigration. Here their surnames were standardized and the spelling Americanized. Larson would be their surname from now on. Soon they boarded the train westward, heading for Cokato, Minnesota. It was the end of April 1879 when Lars Halfvardsson embraced his sister Christina after an eleven year separation. | The available homesteads around Cokato were taken, so new territories farther out beckoned for claims. Lars Larson (Halfvardsson) found the land near Traverse and Mud Lakes at the southern end of the fertile Red River Valley attractive and set up his camp nearby. Herman, 21 miles away, would be their closest town from which to get the basic necessities. It was a long day’s journey by oxcart. Shelter was an immediate need, but with a lack of trees available, his only option was to dig into the earth. Using the canvas cover of the wagon for a roof, they fashioned their first shelter in which they would spend the summer. By winter they had built a small house and a sod barn. Greta (1/10/1866), now a thirteen year old, had the task of keeping house: carrying water, chopping firewood, cooking, washing clothing by hand, making the soap, planting and tending a garden, and preserving whatever she could. (Lars lived at Lake Valley Township, Wheaton, Traverse, Minnesota until his death in 1885.) The first to join them the following spring were Andrew and Christina Larson (Lars’ sister and her husband) and their sons Lars (now known as Lewis or L. A. Anderson) and John Anderson. A growing friendship between Greta and John Anderson developed. Though they were first cousins, they fell in love and decided to marry. Greta was just over 16 years old, and John was 23. On July 9, 1882 they were married in a double wedding with Greta’s brother Lars Larson and his fiancée Christina Andersdotter. | In 1881, John had filed for a homestead on the northwest quarter of Section 14 in Lake Valley township. Lars had filed on the northeast quarter of Section 28. Here they would take their new brides. Life was difficult. Breaking sod with a simple ox or horse-drawn plow and planting precious seeds of grain was a difficult way of life, but John and Greta (or Maggie, as she was sometimes called) worked tirelessly on their land. In 1886 John received the Homestead Patent on his land. In 1887 their first son David was born. In 1889 Alvin was born, followed 3 years later by their first daughter, Ella. Two more daughters, Alice and Celia, were born in 1894 and 1896. In 1898 John purchased a farm and a sawmill near the town of Alexandria, Minnesota, on the eastern shore of Lake L’Homme Dieu. A year and a half later, John sold his homestead near Lake Traverse and moved his family to Alexandria. In 1903 John and Greta’s youngest son, Irvin was born. | John and Greta Anderson
6: John L. and Margita (Maggie) Anderson | Children David Alice, Alvin, Celia Ella | New horizons and available land soon beckoned and once again John, Greta and family (David, Alvin, Ella, Alice, Celia, and Irvin) were on the move. This time the move took them to Midale, Assiniboia District, Northwest Territories, Canada. With three boxcars loaded with household effects, machinery, and livestock they travelled via the SOO Line, arriving in Midale on March 30, 1904, one day short of Irvin's first birthday. Midale, at that time, consisted of a grocery store, cafe, lumber yard, coal shed, and a temporary school (which also served as a church and general meeting hall). Here John filed on a homestead and in 1906 was granted the patent on the land. He was interested in farming larger tracts of land with the new steam powered tractors. The steam engine he purchased required a crew of 18-20 men. Before long he was using his equipment throughout the community, helping other farmers, breaking sod during the summer and moving with the threshing machine during the harvest season. John, Greta and their family spent six years in the Midale district and were able to help organize and establish the Swedish Baptist Church in Midale. | Since all the Midale homesteads were taken, and David and Alvin were interested in getting some land of their own, the Anderson family moved westward in 1910 to Little Woody near Fife Lake. There were no roads or trains to take them across the 130 miles of plains. David and Alvin drove the steam engine and tractor while John L. followed about a half mile behind on a wagon filled with barrels of water. Sparks from the boiler ignited the dry prairie grass and John spent his time putting out the prairie fires. The trip took over a week to complete, at about 1 mile per hour! When they reached the site of John and Maggie's new homestead, they built a small single story frame house: 18’ x 28’. (A second story was added a few years later.) By late October the little house was ready, so Mother Maggie, Ella and Irvin made their way from Midale. Ella drove a team of horses pulling a democrat. By November 10, 1910 they had moved into their new abode. Celia and Alice followed in 1911 after school was dismissed.
7: Looking southeast from David Anderson's homestead across Fife Lake to Grandpa John's place. | John and Maggie’s two-story house on the north shore of Fife Lake (west of the narrows) made it an ideal spot for social gatherings of all sorts. (Fife Lake was really two lakes, joined by a narrow road and bridge.) In summer there was swimming, boating, fishing, ball games and always horseshoes! During the winter months the lake provided skating, hockey and ice-boating. Smells of cardamom bread just out of the oven mingled with roasting chickens and freshly baked pies made family gatherings special. Often after a meal was cleared away, someone would play the old pump organ and the singing began. John and Maggie were active in the community – through his efforts the Kanten School district was organized and he served as the chairman of the School Board for many years. He became involved in municipal politics, becoming a councilor in the area. He and Maggie were accepted as spiritual leaders among the early settlers of that farming-ranching area of Saskatchewan - 14 miles north of the US-Canadian border. Their home was a place of love and caring where family and friends were welcomed. | Sons David, Alvin and Irvin with neighbor John Peterson | David Anderson's homestead shack and sod barn - Little Woody
8: Plowing Scene around Midale, Saskatchewan, Canada and similar scenes around Fife Lake Anderson Crew | Anderson's Threshing Crew | It was impossible and impractical to move the outfit to all who wanted custom work done, so farmers on the south side of Fife lake would bring their sheaves, stack them in the Anderson pasture, and then thresh them in the spring.
9: Not too long after moving to Little Woody, wedding bells began to ring for the Anderson family. In 1912, David married Anna Larson of Alma Centre, Wisconsin. After hearing about land opportunities with the opening of the Canadian west, Anna’s father, Ole, had bought a quarter section of land which happened to be next to the John L. Anderson farm in Saskatchewan. He had told the Anderson boys that he had beautiful daughters back in Wisconsin. David and his brother went to see these daughters. David fell in love with Anna, and began a courtship by letter writing. He went to Wisconsin and married Anna in 1912 at the Larson home, and they moved back to Little Woody. (Anna visited her family in Wisconsin only twice after her marriage - in 1917 and 1924). They lived on David’s homestead on Fife Lake across from John and Maggie. (Their homestead was 14 miles north of the international border and 30 miles of prairie trail north to Vernwood, where commerce took place as well where as the nearest doctor lived.)
10: David and Anna made a great home for their five children: Roland, September 13, 1913 Gordon , stillborn (1915) Lorne Earl, March 27, 1917 Virginia, March 3, 1919 Vernon, October 14, 1921 Leonard, February 9, 1928 They were good providers and encouraged their children to work hard and play hard. “Every day as the family gathered at the breakfast table, Dad would read a passage of Scripture followed by a prayer by himself, or he would ask mother or one of us kids to pray.” . . . “ He was on the school board of Kanten School, sometimes as chairman but usually as trustee. We only had three-quarters of a mile to go to school, which we walked most of the time, although there was a cutter for winter and a cart for summer with a Shetland pony harnessed to do the job.” Daughter Virginia Anderson Prentice | David was a great horseman, farming for many years with them. He once told of being caught in a blizzard, helplessly lost on his way home from hauling grain by sleigh to Ogema and Verwood (approx. 70 miles from Ogema to Constance). He tied the reins to the front of the sleigh and lay down, covering himself with a robe, leaving the horses to carry on. When at last they stopped, he got up to find himself safe at home, beside the barn. | Roland, Virginia, Lorne | Lorne, 1 1/2 - 2 yrs. | Lorne and Roland | Lorne, Virginia, Leonard, Vernon, Roland | Questions asked of Lorne by granddaughter Amy many years later "What Chores did you have to do when you were growing up?" Help Mother with the garden, feed the chickens, bring in eggs, bring water to the kitchen. In winter bring in coal, shovel snow (keep path to the water pump clear!) When older, get cows from pasture back to the barn for milking, milk 4-6 cows, feed calves, separate cream from fresh milk, clean manure from barn, help Dad plant wheat, oats, driving the McCormick tractor, sometimes all night. In harvest time, stooking (shocking) the cut grain, hauling crops to the threshing machine with a team of horses, haul grain to the elevator in town, haul coal from the coal mine 20 miles away. "Did you get an allowance?" Just food and clothing and lots of loving care! . | Road conditions only allowed horse-drawn vehicles for David to transport Dr. Totten from Vernwood (30 miles away) to the Anderson farm, and successfully deliver Lorne, a 13 1/2 pound baby boy!! (Poor Mother Anna!) "Vat a Voper, Vat a Voper!"
11: One Friday afternoon in the summer of 1928, Grandpa John decided to fix his Model T car. The springs needed to be changed. He went to his garage, jacked up the car, crawled under it and somehow tripped the jack. The car fell on his head, killing him instantly. When he did not come in around supper time, Maggie went to call him and found him pinned beneath the car. She ran to David’s farm where all three sons were working. They lifted the car from his body, but he was gone. The news of John L’s death spread like a shock wave throughout the South Country. He had been a friend to all and was known as a man of the highest principles. The following Sunday the funeral was held at the farm. It was attended by hundreds of people wanting to pay their last respects to a beloved pioneer who had left an indelible impression upon them by his honesty and his lived-out testimony to the God he loved and served. | Grandma Maggie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and an excellent cook, winning several first prizes one summer in the Assiniboia Fair. Their 25 grandchildren were a special joy for her and John. Her love and gentle ways were remembered by everyone. Because of the depression, sons Irvin and Alvin went north to Christopher Lake in 1933 to see if life might be better there. The following year Alvin moved his family north, and in 1935 Irvin followed with Maggie to Christopher Lake where they made their home. Maggie died in November of 1944 and was brought home for burial in Little Woody Cemetery. | David, Leonard, Anna, Greta, Alvin and Spouse, Son | John and Greta | Greta
12: DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS 'Twas the night before Christmas, how well I remember, -the year 1930, the 24th of December; The cows and the horses bedded down for the night; the moon shone so clearly, the snow lay so white. The boys brought in wood and the coal pails were filled so that not one of us would ever feel chilled. Seven plates neatly set on that Christmas Eve table, - coal-oil lamp in the centre gave the light it was able. The menu, of course, was Scandinavian fare; - lutefisk with cream sauce and butter to spare, Potato sausage with lingonberry jell; Swedish Rye Bread and Fruit Soup; - of these I will tell. We all gathered round that great festive board and listened in reverence as Dad read from the word The story of Jesus in a manger was born, - and that was, of course, the first Christmas Morn. We all bowed our heads in deep gratitude for God's Love to us, and also our food. After dishes were done we all gathered together to play games of checkers, crokinole or whatever While listening always for a knock on the door, for Santa would come, of that we were sure! The tree in the corner was decked out so fine with popcorn on strings and tinsel to shine, for we had no electricity in days long ago, and we dared not hang candles to make things aglow. Then, all of a sudden, a knock on the door - and there in the porch on the old wooden floor Were presents for four boys and one little girl - I tell you we all were in a great whirl! Lorne and Roland got skis and maybe some traps [for which to catch fur-bearing animals perhaps]. The parcel for Virgie, I opened with care - A doll dressed so nice . . . . on her head was real hair! A pure Eaton's Beauty! Oh for her I had yearned as page after page in the catalogue I turned. When lying her down her eyelids she'd close, and open them up when she stood on her toes. That night when to bed we all had to go, I made her a bed close to mine . . . you know! In the morning, I think it was about half-past four, Dad would turn on the radio - open wide the stair door So that we could listen while in bed as we lay, to the Yuleotta Service from good U.S.A. Well then, as tradition commands - Christmas Day we'd gather to eat and to play At Grandma's and Grandpa's with all the relation; it truly was a real celebration! Anderson, Stranges, Bergs & Larsons were there, and with Mollbergs from Congress the fun we did share. We rode in a sleigh across part of the lake - horses "Fanny" and "Dimples" fast time they did make. With heads covered up, we three kids were like blind, while the two older boys rode on skis towed behind. Turkey and trimmings, and lots more to spare - the aroma from kitchen, none can compare! The grown-ups sat 'round a large table of oak, to eat and to visit, as do older folk. Grandpa's staircase was about five feet wide and would seat about three kids sitting side by side Each holding a plate filled with all they could eat; twenty five of us sat there - O it was neat! And when dinner was over, Oh, what a day as out on the lake we did skate and did play! When it was dark we gathered indoors and sat on a bench or right on the floors. Aunt Ella, on organ, - Oh how she could play as she pumped with her feet in the old-fashioned way! And all of us sang in our very best ways - Soprano, and alto, tenor and bass. This wonderful day too soon came to an end as each one of us our way home we would wend; With a hug and a greeting as we moved out of sight - "Merry Christmas to All, and to all a Goodnight!" | Leonard, Vernon, Virginia, Anna, David, Lorne, and Roland's firstborn Lyle | Many years later Virginia wrote this wonderful poem about the Anderson Christmas of 1930 | Vernon, David, Anna, Lorne, Leonard, Virginia, Roland
13: During the drought David checked on places where they might move. He particularly checked on places where there was a Conference Baptist Church. He helped out at the Sjodin farm some 250 miles east of Little Woody near the town of Kipling. Upon returning home, he remarked that ‘whoever was lucky enough to marry Virginia Sjodin would be getting a real peach!’ During the winter of 1935-36, Roland also worked at the Sjodin farm. David and Anna lived out the hard times of the thirties and early forties. During the fall harvest of 1944, their daughter Virginia went back and forth from her job in Regina to help cook for the men who were helping with the harvest, as Anna was in bed with pneumonia. Virginia took Anna to the doctor in Regina where she was hospitalized Sunday December 3, and died quite unexpectedly from heart complications Tuesday, December 5th, 1944. Following Anna’s death, David sold the farm and left Fife Lake. | He rented a room on the second floor of the house in Regina where his daughter Virginia lived. Leonard his youngest son, also lived there for a couple of years, finishing grade 11. David traveled a lot after Anna's death, and found his way to Wheaton, Minnesota to find Eleanor Larson, whom he had known years ago in Minnesota. She was living with her brother on the Larson farm. | In 1947, David and Eleanor were married. They returned to Midale, Saskatchewan, Canada, where David had purchased a small grain farm. Their daughter Reta was born October 21, 1949. Selling the farm in 1963, they moved to Wetaskiwin, Alberta. David went home to heaven in April of 1964 at the age of seventy-seven. Funeral services were held for him in the Midale First Baptist Church, with burial in the Little Woody cemetery, south of Willow Bunch, SK. Eleanor lived at their home in Wetaskiwin, enjoying her many friends in her church and community until her death on January 14,1993. | "Eleanor was born May 17, 1906 in Wheaton, MN to Olaf and Ulricka Larson. She was the youngest in a family of five brothers and eight sisters. Her parents had emigrated from Sweden in 1882 and homesteaded in Wheaton. She attended and complete the eighth grade in the local county school and one year of high school in town. She spent several years at the family farm caring for her mother, helping to raise a younger nephew and helping her brother with farming." Excerpted from Eleanor's funeral program
14: In the 30’s and early 40’s, drought and the depression were felt across Saskatchewan. One of the few ways that young boys could earn a little money for something special was to shoot and skin jackrabbits and trap skunks. Lorne used this income to buy his first bicycle, be it second-hand. In 1931 Lorne, age 14, and Harold Kemp worked at the Dash farm. They co-owned a Model A Ford sedan. He also did a stint underground in a coal mining venture with his older brother Roland. What follows is a little anecdote shared by Lorne. He assisted Roland in the creation of a beer bottle battery to operate his radio, which could bring in Amos ‘n’ Andy on KOA Denver, and Old Fashioned Revival Hour and Charles Fuller on CKCK Regina. Talk about dedication – one of a kind! ‘When Roland didn’t have money to purchase the two “B” batteries of 45V each, he was obliged to go another route – hence two trays of these BB cells, 22 or 24 in each, which, when the negative and positive plates of each cell were connect by wires along the rim of the tray, and to one another in each row, this would generate approximately the 45 volts. I remember helping him in the old blacksmith shop with this operation (cutting off the bottles). With the forge burning coal (I turned the blower handle) the flame was directed through a narrow slot formed by flattening one end of a used tomato can (both ends removed) and now “banked” so that the flame was restricted to come upward through the narrow slot. Now with the determined length of the cell being 3-31/2 inches, the bottle was placed at right angle over the flame slot of that can and carefully rotated one complete revolution and then quickly submerged in the water tank (standard equipment in any blacksmith shop). The rapid contraction of the glass would break the bottle at a rather high rate of success!’ | The summer of 1937 Lorne, who was now 20, worked on a big farm near Kipling, thrashing and pitching bundles. Saturday night after working, he would ride his coaster bike through the rolling, hilly country to Stockholm, 50 miles north of Kipling, and preached Sunday morning at a small conference church. That fall, he continued preaching on Sundays and went to high school during the week. For preaching, he was given room and board at one of the church family’s homes, helping out as much as he could on their farm. | During the winter of 1936-37, Lorne and his younger sister, Virginia, attended an abbreviated six-week Bible School that Alberta Baptist Bible Academy (ABBA) held at the Kipling Baptist church in Saskatchewan. Students were housed in homes, one of which was Emma Sjodin’s farm. | Lorne's certificate of proficiency in Grade 11 subjects August, 1940
15: Virginia Martha Sjodin March 13, 1919 Virginia was the second child born to Anton and Emma Sjodin, near Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. Anton’s father, Daniel Sjodin (Apr 4, 1839) was born in the Northern part of Sweden. He was one of 4 boys and several sisters. He had a good education for his time (blacksmith). Daniel left his home when he was about twenty to find work some distance away. He worked various jobs, one of which was assisting a wealthy man with business/finances, and as a result met Anna Christina Andersdotter (June 19, 1850) of Ekeskog Congregation. They were married in 1882. Four children were born to Daniel and Anna: Maria Dorothea (Dora) (Jan 17, 1884) Anton Walfrid (April 15, 1886) Anna Elisabet (Jan 2, 1891) Karl Gustav (Mar 28, 1893) Anna Christina died in 1900. That year, Daniel’s brother Markus Sjodin and his brother-in-law Hans Hanson immigrated to the Broadview-Kipling-Stockholm region of Canada. In 1903 they sent tickets for Daniel and his youngest son, Karl Gustav (one of Daniel’s sisters had also immigrated to Canada.) In 1904 Anton, Dora and Anna also immigrated. Daniel homesteaded land 6 miles north of Kipling, Saskatchewan. | Anna Andersdotter's Birthplace, Ekeskog Congregation, Sweden | From Sweden to Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada | In the spring of 1906 Anton and Marcus helped Daniel get 3 oxen and a plow, and they started to break the land. Daniel had some blacksmithing to do, so Gustav did all the disking and harrowing. Some years later Anton and Daniel got horses, and Anton got some land. Anna stayed home and did the housework until Daniel died March 28, 1912. Dora came home and in the spring of 1913, they sold the farm. The four children went their separate ways. | Daniel Sjodin's Birthplace, Dorotea Congregation, Vasterbotten Province, Sweden | Anton Sjodin's Birthplace, Fagre Congregation, Sweden | Anna, Maria, Karl Gustav, Anton | Anton and Gust went west and took up homesteads near Divide, Saskatchewan. Then Anton returned to Kipling and found work on a farm owned by Olaf Olson.
16: Olaf Olson was born April 15, 1856 in Holmsjorn (Big Lake), Jamtland, Follinge, Sweden, and married Mereta (Marit/Martha) Perrson, born January 16, 1861, also of Follinge. They had 8 children: Emma Caroline – February 19, 1883-May 7, 1972 Martha Christina – September 18, 1884 – February 25, 1924 Olaf Alfred – February 5, 1886 – July 1, 1921 Jons Peter - February 2, 1889 – June 14, 1904 Nils Jonas – died as a child in Sweden (lived only 6 months) Anna Bertha – May 5, 1984 – April 14, 1975 Johanna Olina (Jennie) – June 7, 1897 – June 5, 1911 Esther Maria – March 20, 1902 – April 1953 | Olaf and Mereta | Emma, age 20, immigrated to Canada in 1903. The rest of her family followed in 1904, settling in the Highland District. Olaf changed his last name to Holmgren, but the children kept the Olson surname. | Emma was born in the northern part of Sweden. The country was hilly with many rivers, lakes and creeks. Her father fished a great deal and many times she had to row the boat and keep it still while he fished. They kept cows and goats, and in the summer these were taken up to the hills where there was a barn with living accommodations. Emma would help herd and milk both cows and goats. They would often have 12 cows and sixty to seventy goats to milk. Sometimes several families would have their goats in one pasture, so in the fall there had to be a reckoning. Records had to be kept all through the summer.
17: Anton Sjodin (29) and Emma Olson (32) were married on the Holmgren farm November 13, 1915. Emma and Anton Sjodin returned to Divide, where Anton had earlier homesteaded. They lived there until 1918, then sold their interest to Anton’s brother Gust Sjodin, and returned to settle on Anton's previously homesteaded land in the Kipling area. | Emma went to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she met a young Swedish woman whose parents were friends of the Olson family. They found a Swedish family Emma could work for. After working in Winnipeg a short time, she went to Minneapolis where her uncle lived, worked with her cousin Martha Lindsley and Laura Benson (maybe a cousin). She found many Swedish families there, learning English as she worked. She was employed by a well-to-do family who had 13 servants. The lady of the house was very erratic in her decisions. On one occasion she planned a trip to Europe. She had her maid pack 21 trunks, got to the station and changed her mind, so the maid had the 21 trunks to unpack. On another occasion the mistress decided that they would take the children to a camp. All the belongings were packed and then she changed her mind again. A colored man was the butler and always waited on the tables, dressed in a white jacket and always carried a napkin on his arm. Emma worked for another well-to-do family as an upstairs maid. At one of the family's parties, Emma was needed as a waitress. But first, she had to escort the ladies upstairs and take their coats. When dinner was over and the ladies went to get their coats, they were no where to be found! The mistress called Emma to ask where she had put the coats, and found that, while they were having dinner, a thief had put a ladder to the upstairs window, and stolen all of the coats! She worked in Minneapolis for 12 years, and it was during this time that she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior. She returned occasionally to visit her family in the Kipling area. There she met Anton at a church conference; he was working for her father at that time, and their romance blossomed. | Emma and friends | Anton and Emma, November 13, 1915 | Wedding Party Olaf Holmgren, Gustav Sjodin, Anton and Emma Sjodin, Anna Olson, Anna Sjodin
18: They raised their family and were very involved in the community (their children attended Highland School) and the beginning of Highland Baptist Church, donating the land on which it was built. Their home was always open to friends and neighbors, visiting pastors and missionaries. Four children were born to Anton and Emma: Estelle Kristina - born in Divide, Saskatchewan April 2, 1917 - April 6, 1917 Virginia Martha – March 13, 1919 Stanley Donald – April 11, 1920 Glenn Oliver – October 11, 1931 | Anton and Baby Virginia | Emma and Baby Virginia | Anton, Emma with their daughter Virginia | Anton, Emma Stanley, Virginia | Virginia and Stanley | Emma and Anton with her parents, Olaf and Mereta Holmgren, sister Esther and neighbor
19: Virginia and Stanley | Sjodin family and neighbors in front of original home. | Cousins with Virginia, Stanley and Glenn | Virginia (3rd from left) with friends | Virginia | 1930 | "What was your favorite pastime as a child?" "Playing softball and riding horses!" | "When did you become a Christian?" "When I was about 10 years old, in my home church during special meetings, a Sunday school teacher asked if I would like to accept Jesus as my Savior, which I did. I grew up in a Christian home, so knew about God and Jesus. From then on I liked learning Bible verses, hymns, choruses and serving my Savior." | Virginia and Stanley at the Highland School, where they completed 8th grade
20: A roof was added to the Sjodin house. | Glenn with his goat | On December 3, 1931 Anton died as a result of blood poisoning before his youngest son Glenn was two months old. In 1932 Virginia graduated from 8th grade. She helped with the work on the farm and did not continue with further schooling at that time. The following years were not easy for Emma Sjodin with three young children. Farm help was needed until the children were able to take over the farming operations. It was common for young men from near and distant communities to help wherever they could find work. God proved faithful and provided Christian hired help. Some of the men who helped Emma and her family were Earl Entner, Roland Anderson, Frank Entner, Albert Larson, and David Anderson. Gustav Sjodin, Emma’s brother-in-law came back from his homestead in Divide, Saskatchewan in the spring of 1936 to help Emma until November of that year. | Stan, Glenn, Virginia by their home | Emma, Glenn, Stan, cousins, Virginia | The Roland Anderson family visiting with the Sjodin family spring 1943. | How Virginia described her Mother: "She was a hard worker. She raised us after Dad died (I was 12). She was strict, but always had time to pick up the neighbor's mail and always had a pot of coffee on. Our home was like a "stopping place" for everyone. She was helpful and caring."
21: Glenn and Stanley with team and cutter | Stanley, age 16, took over the farming operations after Gustav left. Wanting to move to a small town where her youngest son could attend high school, Emma, Stanley and Glenn made the move to Midale in July, 1946. A small house was purchased from the Lindbolm farm, and Stanley, with the help of his dray team, moved it into town. It was renovated and made livable and this was Emma's home until 1964. The Kipling farm was sold in 1950. | She lived in her little two-story home in Midale until 1967, when she moved to Pioneer Place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She resided there until her death on Sunday May 7, 1972. | Emma and her sister Anna | Stanley, Lorne, Virginia, Glenn, with Emma after Lorne returned from the war | Glenn and high school friends Oke and Don in Midale | Many years later when granddaughter Amy asked about her early years, Virginia listed these as her chores: " depending on how much rainwater was in the barrel, I pumped water for the household needs and the animals - they got thirsty too! milked cows, fed animals (all depended on what help was available) did laundry, dishes, cleaning, and carried wood. On Allowance: "Did not know about such a thing!"
22: The fall and winter of 1939-40 both Lorne and Virginia attended Alberta Baptist Bible Academy (ABBA) in Wetaskawin, Alberta, 700 miles northwest of Kipling. Virginia had first attended ABBA’s six-week Bible School held at her home church during the winter of 36-37, where she had met Lorne and his sister, also named Virginia. It was at ABBA that Lorne and Virginia became re-acquainted, sang in mixed quartets and duets, and love blossomed! | Lorne loved to tell the story of their Bible School quartet on their way to a radio station in Wetaskiwin. Roads were covered with ice and snow, and their vehicle slid into the ditch. Not long after, a vehicle with members of a hockey team came by and jumped out to help the stranded quartet. They picked the car up, set it on the road, and away the quartet went, arriving at their broadcast appointment just in time! | A picture is worth a thousand words - Lorne's interest in road-kill had an early start! Lots happened on those quartet outings!
23: In 1941 Lorne worked for a construction company in Calgary, building army training facilities there and in Swift Current. He stayed at a rooming house and worked the night shift at a coffee shop where he got his fill of left-over pies! | In October of 1941, Virginia went to Little Woody to meet Grandma Anderson for the first time. She had previously met Lorne’s father David and his brother, Roland when they worked at her family farm several years earlier. Lorne proposed during a duck-hunting outing. (His father had taught him that he could save bullets if he lined up two ducks, and Lorne applied the lesson in a different manner!) Virginia told him she would think about it, and said "yes" the next morning! Lorne’s Dad commented, “Here I thought you’d be where the ducks wouldn’t bother you!” | Virginia and her cousin Martha Lindsley back in Kipling | Lorne enlisted in the Hygiene Unit of the Canadian Army in the spring of 1942, rather than be drafted. | Wedding Invitation
24: July 5th, 1942 Lorne and Virginia were married at the Kipling Baptist Church near the Sjodin farm.
25: The newlyweds returned to live in an apartment in Regina where Lorne was doing advanced training in anticipation of his deployment. | Since they didn't have a car, they caught a ride up to Round Lake Camp for their honeymoon. Lorne made the surfboard. | Their apartment happened to be on the same street as the apartment where Lorne’s sister Virginia Anderson lived. The Rationing Board asked Miss Virginia Anderson what right she had to apply for two ration cards. She replied, "She is MRS. Virginia Anderson, and I am "MISSED" Virginia Anderson! | Lorne and Virginia's first Christmas | Lorne's sister Virginia | House guests Ruth Anderson and Vernon Anderson
26: The final good-byes | David, Anna, Virginia, Lorne | Stanley, Emma, Glenn, Virginia, Lorne | Virginia, Glenn, Lorne
27: When asked by one of his grandchildren many years later, "What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?" Grandpa wrote in the journal - "Boarding a troop train in Regina on July 5th, 1943 and saying farewell to Virginia, my loving, beautiful wife and partner on our 1st wedding anniversary; overseas service for two and a half years with the 8th Field Hygiene Section RCAMC; then a God-given grace-filled reunion on that same train station platform just after Christmas 1945. Blessed be our God! Praises!" Letters and pictures were treasures to hold on to during those difficult years. | During the summer of 1943 Virginia taught Daily Vacation Bible School, then returned home to help at the Sjodin farm. | Medical Corp Unit
28: Lorne traveled across the ocean in one of these ships. The two pictures on the left are taken while on leave, heading to visit his cousins in England. Because of potential mine threats, life jackets were required. | Visited with cousins Molly (above) and Peggy while on leave in England She sent the above picture to Lorne after the war to let him know that she had become a Christian! | Molly and Peggy Jenkins near London after the war.
29: Water Purification truck in the Hygiene Unit | Kids looking longingly at the end of a food line | Cousin Carmen, fellow serviceman and Lorne
30: While in Nijmegen, Holland they attended a Bible Study for the troups in the Warris Family home. | Gabby Warris in a WWII war hospital operating room | Lorne was first stationed in England. The Canadian Forces were first engaged in the Netherlands (Holland), then to the Black Forest in Germany. While in Holland, Lorne slipped on the ice as he was leaving a building and broke his wrist. This kept him from riding his motorcycle and inspecting other units. How to keep himself occupied while it healed was the question. One day, curious about what the German troops might have left in their trash, he found a calendar with a picture of a duck. It reminded him of hunting in Saskatchewan, especially the outing with Virginia when he proposed to her. He thought he might try his hand at painting. There were several art shops in the town of Nijmegen where he was able to find paints and brushes. What could he paint on? He rummaged in the trash, and found a German Army flour sack which became his canvas. The duck painting made it back to Canada, rolled up in his belongings. Throughout their many moves it went with them, in a trunk or dresser drawer. That is where Carol found it in 2010, and heard its story. "This doesn't belong in here - it needs to be framed!" she exclaimed. Since then it has graced their living room and the story happily repeated.
31: Medical Evacuation Unit | L92610 Cpl. Anderson, L. E. 8th Cdn. Fld. Hyg. Sec., R.C.A.M.C, C.A.O.
32: Medical Corps guns picked up and traded for a camera | Blitz-bunk | Eating rations | Lorne tells this story: one night while traveling in the dark (blackout) to Bible Study, he ran out of gas. With no gas station nearby, he kicked the cans in the ditch, and one of them didn't move! | Piece of a German plane
33: Virginia went back to ABBA in the fall of 1944, graduating on April 19, 1945. Her brother Stanley recalled that Emma and Glenn took the train to her graduation, then boarded the train for home. A bad snowstorm ensued and Stanley had to go and get them with his horses. | Lorne was overseas until December of 1945, arriving home two days after Christmas. Since the war was winding down, he was unable to get home in early December for his Mother's funeral. | Leonard, Ruth, Virginia and David in Wetaskiwin. Ruth Anderson and Virginia Anderson were both 1945 graduates of ABBA.
34: Lorne and Virginia returned to Kipling and lived with Emma Sjodin until April 1946. They moved to Kildeer in southwestern Saskatchewan, where Lorne’s oldest brother Roland and his wife Marjorie lived. Roland was an elevator agent, buying grain as well as running a machine shop. Much big farming was done in that area and repairs were always needed. Lorne assisted in his brother’s shop, welding and repairing equipment. They bought their first home in Kildeer. Virginia found out she was pregnant when she went in for an appendectomy! October 1, 1946 Doris Elaine was born. | Lorne and Virginia's first home in Killdeer | Supper with Roland, Marjorie and their three children | The machine shop
35: Doris Elaine Born October 1, 1946 Weight: 8# 10 oz. | Rockglen Hospital where Elaine was born | Elaine - almost four months | One month
36: Elaine - four months | Elaine - six months | Elaine - four and a half months
37: Elaine's first birthday - the ribbon was glued on her head! | Uncle Stan, Aunt Virginia with Elaine, and Mother | Aunt Ruth and Priscilla, Mother and Elaine | Emma Sjodin, Vernon, Leonard and David Anderson visiting at Killdeer | 1947 - camping at Round Lake Camp with Elaine, nine months old
38: In 1948 Dad drove to Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, about 400 miles northwest of Killdeer to check out the welding opportunities at the Excelsior Refinery. Expansion of the refinery required construction and servicing. Later that year they moved to Lloydminster with the Jeep and a little trailer. | Dad also worked for Mr. Phillips.
39: Carol Annette Born: May 4, 1949 Weight: 8# 1 oz. | The Bentleys, a kind family they met at the Lloydminster Baptist Church invited them to park the trailer in their yard temporarily. The church remodeled a small garage on its property which Dad and Mother rented, and daughter #2, Carol Annette, was born while living there. | One year old! | Elaine almost three, Carol four months | six months old
40: Grandma Sjodin visiting from Midale | Elaine, Mother and Carol posing for pictures | In 1951 they purchased a one-room house and some acreage on the outskirts of Lloydminster. Mother always found room for overnight guests. Sharon Archer ended up sleeping under the table one night! | Dad and his brother Leonard came back from their duck hunting outing with quite a good showing! | Playing with with Elaine's doll | 1950 - Grandpa David and Eleanor Anderson with Reta came from Midale for a visit (Mother with Carol and Elaine standing in front) | winter of 1950-51
41: Joan Adele October 1, 1951 Weight : 8# 1 oz. | Elaine and Carol stayed with Gladys and Graydon Murdock in nearby Wainright. Mother and Dad were influential in leading them to accepting Christ as their Savior.
42: With three girls, more space was needed! In 1952, Lorne built a block basement, and a bigger house was moved onto the front of their property. | Joan celebrates her first birthday - October 1, 1952. Oldest sister Elaine shares the special day with her, five years apart. | Dad welded a large cistern that was housed in the basement - the water truck came weekly to fill it up.
43: Fresh and clean after a Saturday night bath! Water was heated on the stove and poured into the wonderful portable tub for all to use. | A visit to Aunt Virginia and Uncle Earl Prentice's home with Uncle Gust and Aunt Alda | Bath time! | Joan's likeness to the Corn Flakes model was striking!
44: An old building torn down on the property | The beginning of the camp well | Phylis Lawson, a visiting missionary, joined with others and played at the chapel service in the building that served as the dining/gathering room. | To keep food cold in the summer months big ice chunks were cut from the lake nearby and straw was used to insulate. Alas, horses found the straw one winter, and felt it was there for them, so no ice was left for camp that summer! | Mother and Dad were active at First Baptist Church in Lloydminster - singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and joining others for workdays at the new Pleasantview Bible Camp not far from Lloydminster. | First Baptist Church's pastor, Rev. L. E. Jones at the pulpit (left) | Mother with Norris at the entrance to Pleasantview Bible Camp
45: Norris Ellwood Born June 23, 1954 First son | Norris's first birthday | Grandma Sjodin with her first grandson! | Elaine remembers being in the car with Dad, Carol and Joan outside the hospital while Mother was in labor. Dad was praying for a boy!
46: With baths done, hair up in curlers, a family song is in progress. | Birthday time for Elaine and Joan | Family Life in Lloydminster . . . | Elaine riding with Margaret McCormish at their farm | Carol and Elaine | Donalda Bain, Carol, Elaine, Donna and Gary Murdock, and Ken Lupil playing "King on the Hill" in the back yard | Norris liked the big bed with big sister Elaine better than the crib near by! | Mother made a lot of our clothes and often they matched.
47: Anderson Family Reunion at Grandpa David and Eleanor Anderson's farm in Midale, Saskatchewan | We kids loved swinging on the big swing near the railroad tracks, and waved at the conductor as the train passed by. | Summer of 1955
48: Weddings of Lorne's Siblings | Roland and Marjorie Peeler 1936 | Virginia and Earl Prentice 1946 | Vernon and Ruth Anderson 1945 | Leonard and Marjorie Nelson 1949 | Reta and David Richert 1970
49: Stanley and Corinne Swenson 1955 | Glenn and Mary Cook 1953 | Weddings of Virginia's Siblings | Elaine was not too happy that Carol and Reta were asked to be flower girls, but the following day at church she shined in her trio with Mother and Dad!
50: Our family traveled to the US to attend the Baptist General Conference in Waukegon, Illinois with Dad’s younger brother Vernon and his wife Ruth, and youngest brother Leonard. | A visit to Uncle Glenn and Aunt Mary's home in Minneapolis was memorable - a tiger graced the back of their sofa, and we got our first taste of cantaloupe for breakfasts! | A stop was made in Alma Center, Wisconsin where Dad's Aunt Selma and Uncle George lived. Elaine and Carol stayed at their farm for the week, while Joan and Norris went along to the conference. A not-so-fond memory of their time at the farm for Elaine and Carol was when they discovered, after playing in the family car one afternoon, that the keys got locked inside. There were mixed feelings about Mother and Dad's return! | Joan and Norris were well taken care of in the childcare center at the conference. | Uncle Vernon, Aunt Ruth, Priscilla and Dan and Tim - pastored North St. Paul Baptist Church | Summer of 1956
51: A big house across from the church, a one-room country school to attend, and lots of snow greeted us that winter. The Ludwig Haataja family was the first church family to greet and help get settled. | Missions was a strong focus in the life of the Lloydminster Baptist Church. Mother and Dad were exploring the Indian Mission work in Northern Canada. However in the fall of 1956, a letter arrived inviting them to become the pastor of a small church in Northern Minnesota, Sand Lake Baptist Church. The ministry also included the Inger Chippewa Reservation nearby. The process of immigration required more than one trip to Edmonton to submit documents. Elaine remembers asking every day if any "live letters" had arrived' with permission to immigrate. With Permanent Resident paperwork in hand, the Anderson family of six packed everything they had into a small trailer Dad made and crossed the border into the United States in February of 1957. | Along the way they stopped in Midale to visit Grandma Sjodin and Grandpa, Eleanor and Reta Anderson. | Victor and Esther Anderson had been the interim pastor of Sand Lake Baptist Church. They were Ruth Anderson's parents - in-laws of Vernon, Dad's brother.
52: Sand Lake Welcomes New Pastor Work among the neighboring Indians of Inger is a part of the new assignment for Lorne Anderson as he begins a pastorate at Sand Lake Baptist Church in Minnesota. The Indian outreach for the church started last summer when Rev. and Mrs. V. E. Anderson were at Sand Lake in an interim capacity. Lorne Anderson accepted the call as full-time pastor, and arrived from Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, on February 20. On Friday evening, March 1, the church welcomed Pastor and Mrs. Anderson, Elaine, Carol, Joan and Norris. The program, led by Ludwig Haataja, opened with the singing of a hymn. After the honored guests were introduced, a corsage was presented to Mrs. Anderson and a carnation to Mr. Anderson by Mrs. Andrew Schaar. Representing organizations of the church, Chairman Andrew Schaar expressed his gratitude and full assurance of the church to cooperate and work together with the Andersons. Mrs. Andrew Schaar spoke on behalf of the Sunday school; Mrs. Clara Dowling greeted Mrs. Anderson from the women's Missionary Circle, and Rev. Gordon Larson of Jesse Lake Baptist Church welcomed the Andersons to the Mid-Northern District of the Minnesota Conference. Musical parts of the program included a choir number from the Jesse Lake Church; a solo by Mrs. Vernon Anderson; instrumental duet by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Johnson, and a ladies trio from the local church. A greeting was given by Mrs. V. E. Anderson, former interim pastor's wife, from the Edina Baptist Church, Minneapolis, and a challenging message by Rev. Vernon Anderson of the North St. Paul Baptist Church, brother of the new pastor. At the close of the service the Anderson family, with their blended voices, sang "Love and Serve Him." A social hour concluded the evening at which time a purse of money was presented to the honored guests with the blessings of the church. "We thank God for answered prayer, whereof we are glad and rejoice for a wonderful Savior," writes Mrs. Schaar in concluding her report of the reception. Clipped from the Standard, a monthly Baptist General Conference magazine. | Norris celebrates his third birthday
53: Sunday afternoons Dad would lead a worship service at the Inger Chapel. Below is one of his favorite pictures of the children watching him prepare. | Dad conducted his first wedding at the parsonage, and a second Indian wedding at the chapel. | Chief Wakanabo with Dad in front of the Inger Store | Gladys Haataja and Mother sorting donations of used clothing - it was always a highlight for everyone!
54: Mother's cousin, Elof Anderson, and his wife Violet, lived north of Duluth in Two Harbors, Minnesota. It was great to meet family on this side of the border, and an added bonus was the invitation to spend a week at their cabin on Marble Lake. Their son Rodney was several years older and we thought he was pretty "cool!" (Elaine and Carol had little crushes on him!) | It was always fun to have company. That summer Uncle Vernon and Aunt Ruth and Uncle Roland and Aunt Marjorie and their families came to visit us at Sand Lake. | Summer of 1958
55: Our North Shore trip brought us up to the Canadian border, then back to Fort Francis, Grand Marais, and a picnic north of Duluth.
56: Summer of 1959 | Another trip to Marble Lake with a stop in Duluth | Uncle Glenn, Aunt Mary, Candace and Jeff rented a cabin on Bowstring Lake - picnic Sunday after church | The family complete - autumn 1959
57: Dad recalls a nerve-wracking drive to Deer River Hospital, and Brian born a half-hour later! | Brian David Born October 2, 1958 Second son Mother was painting in the church basement when she went into labor. | Many times Mother would say, as she held up her hand, that 'her five kids were a handful!' | October 2nd, one-year-old Brian shares birthday week with older sisters | Church picnic | A letter from Dad's youngest sister Reta, welcoming Brian into the Anderson family!
58: All in a Day's Work at Sand Lake | We used wood for fuel, so the cold winters kept Dad busy. A chore for all of us kids was piling wood in the wood port and then carrying it into the basement. | Elaine and Carol checked the fishing nets with Dad on Sand Lake. A big northern was a sight to behold - Dad would smoke some of the whitefish, and Mother would can some after we had had our fill. We didn't have much candy, but we could have all of the smoked fish we wanted!
59: Smelting in Duluth on the Lester River Many of those little fish made it home to Sand Lake. The next few days we snipped and cleaned THOUSANDS that Dad brought home in whatever big containers he could find! | We had lots of outdoor fun too, clearing a spot on the lake, or sliding down country roads. On one outing, as we were walking to the lake, a pickup truck came over the hill. Joan wasn't sure which side of the road to go to, and she and the truck connected. Her broken leg changed everything that winter! | Dad liked to tap the maple trees and cook the sap for real maple syrup. Carol and Norris got to help empty the cans. | A staple Saturday or Sunday night supper was waffles (Aunt Mary's recipe), with real maple syrup. If it wasn't waffles, it was Swedish pancakes or pizza. Mother made bread in the big white roaster twice a week. We were in competition for the fresh crusts (heels). We think Mother invented pizza using a portion of dough from the weekend batch. She would make cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning, and buns, and we could have that with corn flakes or puffed wheat. (During the week we had hot cereal.)
60: We celebrated again in Midale. On the trip, we recall with fondness the bag of unshelled peanuts that Dad would bring - perhaps it served not only as a snack, but kept him awake while driving across flat North Dakota. At a gas stop, he would lift out the floor mat and dispose of the shells! | Christmas 1959 | Celebrating the birth of Jesus in our home and at church.
61: Camping at Waskish Bible Camp was an important time each summer. Workdays first, then the start of the camping weeks - campfires, swimming in shallow Upper Red Lake (Dad welded a large pontoon out of barrels for everyone to use). We always had good food, and enjoyed meeting the camp pastors and their families. Dad helped with leadership and Mother could always be found in the kitchen! If us kids weren't old enough to bunk out in the dorms (straw mattresses that we'd fill with fresh hay every work week), we'd stay with Mother and Dad in the staff cabin. | At Sand Lake Baptist there was Vacation Bible School, lake baptisms (Dad got to baptize several of his children), and joint services with Jessie Lake Baptist Church. The Anderson family could always be counted on for special music! Mother accompanied with guitar or piano.
62: School Days | Arriving at Sand Lake from Canada in February 1957, Elaine (grade 5) and Carol (2nd grade) attended the one-room school where Mr. Law taught grades 1-12. The little school was just on the other side of the church, so we could walk from our house. We recall how big the older kids were and how we envied the soft white Wonder Bread sandwiches they brought compared to the thicker homemade bread that we had to eat for lunch! | Elaine's Grade 8 graduation, May 1960 | When Elaine started 9th grade, she rode the school bus to the Deer River High School, 25 miles away. | The following year a brand new elementary school opened, and now with Joan starting 1st grade, all three of us got to ride the bus about 10 miles.
63: We went to Duluth with the Haataja family the summer of 1960. So many wonderful times spent with them - lots of memories of picking berries with Gladys! | In July of 1961 Uncle Glenn and Uncle Stan and their families (including Grandma Sjodin and Grandma Swenson) came to celebrate Mother and Dad's anniversary - 19 people in our house on their 19th anniversary! | Gladys' brother-in-law Ed Johnson, a professional photographer took some family photos | We were honored by Grace Baptist Church of Minneapolis with a food shower, gifts for each of us and an overnight in the big city! | Early "behind-the-wheel driver's training!" (Winter 60-61)
64: Dad went with five other fellows on a "dream-come-true" moose hunting trip to Alaska. | At the end of the summer, we enjoyed another wonderful family vacation at Marble Lake - Brian kept the water pump busy!
65: Below is the poem that Gladys wrote for the farewell service at Sand Lake, August of 1962 | His wife is capable as well In her own sweet, loving way. She cooked and sewed and taught her class Or 2 or 3, I'd say. In spite of busy schedules She always found the time To lead the Ladies meetings And keep the band in rhyme. Our hearts they surely captured By their radiant Christian walk. Their children, too, how dear, how sweet, They're planted on the Rock. And now it's time to say farewell To these we love so dear We pray God's blessing as they go As He has blessed us here. | Out of the wilds of Canada His welder's torch behind Came venturesome Lorne Anderson To preach was in his mind. Tho' obstacles were numerous They all were overcome As to a foreign land they came His family every one. The snow that met them at the door The drifts just4 feet high Should have made them feel at home If not, I don't know why. He saw the people all around With needy hearts he knew With skins of different colors There'd be much work to do. | He preached and visited and prayed He called from door to door With faith in God the Word was sown He couldn't have done more. His love for God's great out of doors Led him to many a task He fished and hunted, logged and camped And much more, if you should ask. Picking berries was a chief delight Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, too, Chokecherries, pin cherries, cranberries And many more I'm sure. Picking rice and building floats And welding this and that Were just a few of the things he did. | Toward the end of the summer of 1962, a letter arrived that changed the course of the Anderson family's life. | The invitation to pastor the Spring Vale Church near Cambridge, Minnesota was accepted. Labor Day weekend the move was made. Our dog, Goldie, was not a happy traveler for that four-hour trip, but Mother's plants survived. School started for Elaine (grade 11), Carol (grade 8), Joan (grade 6) and Norris (grade 3) in the Cambridge school system.
66: The annual Christmas letter summarized the activities of the transition to a new church, schools, and friends. | Norris and Brian rode horses at Peterson's farm nearby - Sugarfoot and Silverchief. | For us girls, one of our first jobs was mowing the huge church and cemetery lawns.
67: Wherever we lived, Dad "sniffed out" sugar maple trees from which the clear sap ran in the spring - we always had real maple syrup on the Saturday night waffles - how spoiled we were! Sometimes we begged Mother to make brown sugar syrup with maple flavoring - we were tired of the real thing. Silly us!
68: Summer of 1963 | The annual gathering of the Baptist General Conference was held in Vancouver, BC the summer of 1963. As mentioned in the Christmas letter, a new Chevy Nova was purchased at Gillespie Auto in Cambridge, a trailer was built, and all seven found a spot in the little car as the family headed west for a camping vacation and attending the conference. Camping out was quite an experience with three tents. One morning at Yellowstone Park Dad found bear tracks going between the tents! Included in our trip was a visit with Uncle Glenn, Aunt Mary and cousins and a Pacific ocean fishing excursion. Jeff age six, caught an eight-lb salmon and Norris age eight, caught a six-pounder! On the return through Canada, we stopped at Lake Louise with Gladys and Graydon Murdock and family and enjoyed the hot springs. When the weather didn't cooperate we were thrilled to stay overnight in a hotel, a very uncommon experience for our family of seven!
69: We attended an Anderson family reunion at the Mainprize Park in Midale before heading home to Minnesota. | The five children of David Anderson together again. | Grandpa Anderson loved to tease - he "just happened" to hook Brian's leg with his cane as he walked by! | The water pump was a favorite spot to go to on a hot July afternoon! Joan is either trying to get wet or stay dry!
70: Elaine graduated from Cambridge High School May 1964. She went to Bethel College in St. Paul, MN that fall. | Christmas 1965 at Spring Vale | Norris with neighbor Joe Peterson, heading up the Gun Flint trail to Mink Lake Camp near Grand Marais, MN. | Brian's class, Cambridge Elementary School | Grandpa David Anderson died in April of 1964. Mother and Dad attended his funeral in Wetaskiwin, then brought Grandma Sjodin back to Cambridge for Elaine's graduation in May. | 1966
71: Bible Camp ministry was a common thread throughout Mother and Dad's life together. Leaving the pastorate at Spring Vale in the summer of 1966, they assisted in maintenance and cooking at Trout Lake and Mink Lake Wilderness Camps. That fall, they became involved in the establishment of the Minnesota Baptist Conference Retreat Center, King's Ranch on Lake Fannie near Cambridge, serving as caretaker and cook until 1973. Mother's good cooking was well-known by her family and hundreds of campers at Trout Lake, Mink Lake and King's Ranch through the years. They joined First Baptist Church in Cambridge and were active in choir, Boys Battalion and Pioneer Girls. To supplement the family income, Mother accepted the challenge of working outside the home helping mentally handicapped boys for several years at the Cambridge State Hospital. She also worked in the kitchen at Grandview Christian Home. Dad also worked part-time at the State Hospital, and drove the local Book Mobile. Brian shared how he and Dad had some good outings together on the bookmobile runs. Dad would drop Brian off at a ski slope and pick him up at the end of the day! | At Mink Lake Camp, Mother washed clothes out doors! Norris loved the camping life for the summer months! | Spring Vale Farewell, May 1966 | King's Ranch renovation, formerly Boys Town
72: Good times at Kings Ranch with Family and Friends | 25th Anniversary July 5, 1967 | Uncle Glenn, Aunt Mary, Candace, Jeff, Keith, Kenny and Grandma Sjodin came to celebrate with us.
74: Thanksgiving 1966 at Elaine's apartment in Minneapolis | Carol graduated from CHS in 1967. Attended Bethel College in the fall -sang in college choir that traveled to Europe the Summer of 1968. Joan and Norris bid adieu at the MSP airport. | Christmas 1968 in Midale | Glenn, Jeff and Keith visit from Portland | Picnic on the St. Croix River - Elaine and Richard engaged! | Richard's parents, Roger and Joanna Wood, came to meet the family and work on plans for the wedding weekend! | Elaine graduated from the U of M School of Nursing in 1968, and went to Europe in July with the Baptist World Youth Congress in Berne, Switzerland. | We mourned the great loss of life when Mary, Candace, and Kenneth Sjodin died in a tragic accident on July 11, 1968.
75: Elaine and Richard Wood were married on March 8, 1969. | Joan graduated from CHS in 1969. That fall she attended Winnipeg Bible College in Manitoba, Canada. | Joan graduated from WBC in 1973. She volunteered with SIM's famine relief program in Ethiopia in 1974. | Mother and Elaine drove to Saskatchewan to help Grandma Sjodin move into Pioneer Place, a residence for seniors. | Highland Baptist Church Anniversary - summer of 1970. Many years before Anton and Emma had given land to build the church on. | Joan and college friend Karen - home for Christmas 1971
76: Carol graduated from St. Cloud State College in August of 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elem. Ed and a Special Ed minor | Norris graduated from CHS in June of 1972. | She fell in love with Jim Sperry and a diamond was on her finger at Christmas time, 1971! | Carol and Jim were married June 3, 1972. When they were ready to leave the reception, they found their car inside the church lobby! | Mother's Mother, Emma Caroline Sjodin went to heaven on May 7, 1972. | Engagement | Uncle Glenn and Sylvia Bates married August 12, 1972
77: 1973 - Year of Transition | Mother and Dad sensed God leading them back to Canada. Concerned individuals near Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, had formed an organization (Northern Horizons) to provide housing and parenting for young fellows from northern reservations who would come down to Sioux Lookout for school. Two other families from Cambridge also joined them (Roy and Nancy Dedon and Al and Sharon Baas). Since their home was a mobile home, they decided to move it north, and found a great site for it, overlooking Abram Lake. Mother and Dad shared their home for two and a half years, providing a place for these young men to stay during the school year. When the organization disbanded, they purchased a piece of property on Cedar Point Drive, overlooking Pelican Lake, and permanently settled their mobile home there, with a foundation and major addition. By then Mother had become involved in foster parenting under Children's Aid Society, and Dad joined the staff of the maintenance department of Sioux Lookout General Hospital in 1975. They were active in their church, Mother loved the ladies' Bible Studies and prayer groups, and she helped babysit for neighbors and friends. Hunting, trapping, and fishing were avocations that Dad enjoyed, often with family and friends, and many outings by himself. | Summer of 1973 - a visit to Elaine and Richard in Indiana | Leaving Cambridge | Settling in to a beautiful overlooking Abram Lake. | A piece of property across from King's Ranch caught Dad's eye as a possible home site to invest in. They purchased a 4.5-acre portion of former farmland from neighbor Glen Christenson the fall of 1972. Mark, one of Glen's sons and Brian were the same year in school and often hung out together. A well was dug and a new mobile home purchased. Little did they know then that Jim and Carol would later build their home there, which became the family gathering place in the ensuing decades.
78: Joan and Ralph Sharp were married on August 30, 1975 at the Sioux Lookout Baptist Church. | Brian and his friend Ron Otto gave them a motorcyle escort from the church to the reception at the Lamplighter motel. | Lots to keep Mother and Dad busy! | Dad meets students flown in from the north | Mother and Dad with Hubert, one of their favorite students who lived with them for several years | camping | Always time for berry-picking | After canoing across Pelican Lake to church a picnic lunch finished out the morning! | 3 important parts of early life at Cedar Point Drive: Buddy the red Earthmaster tractor and the outhouse! | Joan and Ralph headed to New Tribes Bible Institute, in Jackson, Michigan, looking forward to mission service at home or abroad. The following years found them at language school in Camdenton, Missouri, then to Durham Ontario, NTM Canada headquarters.
79: On the move: the summer of 1976, to Cedar Point Drive, the next home site for the mobile home. A basement/workshop, an additional room above, and a new roof over all completed the project. A small house was on the land, and was torn down once the addition was livable. Norris and Brian helped Dad on their days off, and Uncle Gust and Uncle Stan came and stayed for the summer. | The summer of 1979 Leah Sjodin came to help with the roof. | Mother saying goodbye to her Uncle Gust and brother Stan. | Uncle Glenn, Aunt Sylvia, Keith, Lisa and Krista visited the summer of 1977.
80: During Christmas vacation of the 1975-76 school year, Brian and his friend Ron rode the CNR railroad 50 miles east of Sioux Lookout. They slept in an old Finlander cabin by one of the lakes, then skiied cross-country eight miles north the next morning to the homestead of Wilf and Bi Wingenroth and their two daughters. From that time forward, a wonderful friendship between the two families blossomed. | Jeep, cycle, foot, canoe, snowmobile - all used to get out to Wingenroths in the early years. Later, Wilf purchased a float plane, making travel much easier! | Uncles Gust and Stan, Mother and Dad, Ralph, Joan, Jodi and Amy made the worthwhile trek to Wingenroths - if only for a taste of Bi's fresh bread! | Brian, Inga, Brita, Wilf, Bi | Wherever they went, Mother and Dad made many friends. Sioux Lookout was no exception. | Brita enjoyed a visit from Norris. | Wilf with Ron and Brian | 35th Anniversary July 5, 1977
81: The women's Bible study group traveled out to Bi's one wintry day! | Dad, Wilf, Willow and Brian, and some walleye! | Mother and Bi were great friends and both liked to entertain. | Mother, Dad and Wilf holding little Leif, with Willow standing next to Bi. | A good German likes a good German sausage! | Lunchtime at the Wingenroth table - Mother, Bi, Brian, Missy and Willow
82: Sioux Lookout was a paradise for Brian. Those teenage years were filled with fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, etc. He also worked at Ron and Marg Lodge's Timber Edge Camp where he cleaned "lots" of fish, guided, and helped around the camp. | In June of 1977 Brian graduated from Grade 12. He also completed grade 13 in Sioux Lookout. Biathlon became not only a great sport but a vocational goal, with the Olympics in mind. | In the fall of 1978 Brian was accepted into the Nursing program at Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. He joined the Air Force to help with schooling and to serve his country. | Brian recalls Mother and Dad standing by the trail in below zero weather when he skied by them in the national Biathlon Championships near Bemidji, MN
83: Sioux Lookout, 1975 - Norris feeds the gulls from Ransom Bowman's yacht. | Norris worked for the Ontario Dept of Natural Resources, then was accepted into the School of Physical Therapy at St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. He graduated in 1977, then went to work at the clinic in Cambridge, MN. | Coming back from a trip out west - visits to Uncle Vernons, Uncle Glenns and skiing Mt. Hood | Norris and Brian hitting golf balls on the land near Cambridge that Mother and Dad had purchased in 1972 - he made payments on the property, keeping it in the family. | Norris lived in an apartment in Cambridge, above the Carlson Photography Studio where his high school buddy, Steve, worked for his parents. He was the blessed recipient of practice photo shots, and his dog got in on the action too! Norris broke his leg playing soccer.
84: Retirement - March of 1982 "Following his last day at work, Lorne Anderson . . . planned to spend his 65th birthday quietly, at home. He knew friends were arriving from Manitoba for the weekend, but he was a little surprised when several members of his family from Minnesota arrived that evening. He was really surprised when, the following day, over 60 friends and relatives called to offer him good wishes for his retirement and a happy birthday. Two appropriately-decorated cakes adorned the table: one depicting the retiree lazing in a hammock, and the other showing a similarly-relaxed fisherman. . . . . Mr. Anderson worked for the past seven years in the maintenance department of the Sioux Lookout General Hospital. The Andersons have been house parents for high school children for about six years, and foster parents for the past several years. . . . . Mr. Anderson has a lot of projects in mind for his retirement and intends to keep VERY busy." Exerpted from an article in the local paper, March of 1982 | We don't think this happened very often! | Trapping was pretty high on Dad's "TO DO" list! When a trap line came up for bidding he grabbed it. He spent lots of time and effort on this endeavor. | "TRAPPERS STUFF - KEEP OUT" Dad posted the above sign on items left out on the trap line. For the most part there was a gentleman's agreement to leave items alone unless an emergency arose, and then one would return it.
85: Retirement for Dad didn't change Mother's life to any great extent! She was always there, keeping the household humming, babysitting, hosting women's Bible studies and prayer groups, making cinnamon rolls, Swedish lefse and hardtack, waffles, cleaning the berries Dad brought home, then making blueberry coffee cake that could serve from 2 - 20 hungry and appreciative eaters! | Mother and Dad loved to sing, and gather around the piano with family and friends. Mother played by ear, by note, could transpose whether playing piano, guitar, auto harp, or organ. | Mother harvested pine cones for the DNR. | Mother loved to play table games, especially SCRABBLE! | She accompanied Dad on a 65-mile canoe adventure from Wingenroths down the Tawatina and Marchington Rivers to Sioux Lookout one summer. | She was along on many fishing outings, one memorable one, when she tied into a 15# northern pike! Brian said it towed them around in the little duck boat for a while before she landed him with a big smile! She was a great sport! | Good friends Kris and Stan Nissley - "God was so good to bring Lorne and Virginia into our family as our children were growing up. They were probably the best godly example our children had of an older couple who loved Jesus, loved people and lived joyful lives of service day in and day out! We shared many a meal (Virginia's buns were fresh and yummy), we picked blueberries together (Lorne was always looking over the next hill for bigger berries!), we prayed together, we sang together, we celebrated life together!"
86: Fishing brought a lot of joy to Dad and those who went fishing with him. | Dad loved to hunt as well. The trusty sport canoe kept him afloat for many an outing. | Brian and Jim in 1988 - proud of the ones they kept! | Brian and Dad (85 years old) in 2002 - still pulling them in!
87: In 1976, three grandchildren were born - all firstborn gifts, within 6 weeks of each other! In In the next few years more blessings were added.* | Peter Anthony Sperry to Carol and Jim October 12, 1976 | Jodi Marie Sharp to Joan and Ralph October 24, 1976 | Julia Kristen Wood to Elaine and Richard November 22, 1976 | Priscilla Nicole Wood to Elaine and Richard October 30, 1980 | Amy Joy Sharp to Joan and Ralph April 24, 1978 | Heidi Joanne Sharp to Joan and Ralph June 14, 1980 | Nate Evan Anderson to Norris and Sue March 22, 1983 | Anne Elizabeth Sperry to Carol and Jim January 24, 1984 | Jonathan Andrew Sharp to Joan and Ralph March 10, 1984 | Stacy Marie Anderson to Norris and Sue January 30, 1985 | Willow Erin Anderson to Brian and Melissa August 18, 1999 | Leif Bode Anderson to Brian and Melissa March 13, 2002 | *Erik James Sperry was born November 16, 1981 but lived only a few days.
88: Lots of good times were enjoyed by both Grandma and Grandpa and their little grandchildren. | pic of Heidi in high chair
89: Remembering..... | great pizza at The Trapper's Shack in August 1980 | fun at the beach, great fishing with Grandpa, good food and fun with cousins, siblings and friends the weekend of Mother and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary, July 5, 1982. | We celebrated both in Cambridge and in Sioux Lookout.
90: gatherings - 70's and 80's | Christmas 1976 Oklahoma, then Durham, Ontario | Christmas 1978 Sioux Lookout | Christmas 1977 Sioux Lookout | Christmas 1986 Cambridge | The summer of 1977 Mother traveled by bus to Oklahoma, met Elaine and Julia and together they traveled by bus to visit Sperry's in Phoenix! In 1980 she went by bus to Oklahoma again, but this time, carried a crib frame for Priscilla! | a visit to Oklahoma | A visit to Joan & Ralph Durham, Ontario - 1982 | 4 Generations of the Sjodin family together in Sioux Lookout in 1979: Uncle Gust, Mother and Uncle Stan, Joan and Ralph, Jodi and Amy | July 5th, 1987 we celebrated Mother and Dad's 45th anniversary - a picnic at Dan and Barb Anderson's in Buffalo, plus many happy times together as family. | Mother & Dad with Amy & Jodi - summer 1978 | The four older cousins pursued their top passion fishing and had lots of fun finding the best tackle and hauling the canoe down to the lake!
91: gatherings - late 80's, early 90's | March 1989 Mother and Dad visited the Sharp's in Durham, Ont. The next Christmas they were together in Sanford Florida and later in Pine Village. | Camping with Grandma and Grandpa at Mille Lacs Lake - Julia and Priscilla came north while Elaine finished up her Master of Science degree August 1988. | Mother and Dad at Sharps Christmas 1991 | Summer 1991 cousins make t-shirts for Grandma and Grandpa | Fishing and a picnic at Trout Air | Miles and Carolyn Anderson and their family visited the summer of 1989. | Mother and Dad in Bethany OK with Julia and Priscilla
92: Mother and Dad loved to travel! Beginning in 1974, they spent time in San Jose, California where Dad's brother Vernon and his wife Ruth lived. Uncle Vernon had been diagnosed with MS and was bed-ridden. Their help was much appreciated. After Dad retired in 1982, they were able to stay for extended periods. | Time for a tea and coffee break! | Helping fix the roof or wash dishes | Christmas 1982 With Uncle Vernon and Aunt Ruth | It was so nice to visit with Jim, Gladys and Al Selander when they came from San Diego to visit Vernon and Ruth. | In February of 1984 Uncle Vernon went home to heaven. His four siblings - Roland, Lorne, Virginia and Leonard were all in attendance at the memorial service.
93: Often after spending time with Vernon and Ruth in San Jose, they headed south to spend time with Uncle Roland and Aunt Marjorie, Dad's oldest brother and his wife. They wintered at "The Spa", a retirement community near the Salton Sea. Uncle Roland led the weekly Bible studies and Sunday worship service at the spa, and enjoyed having Mother and Dad assist with special music. (They did make a recording of several of the worship songs which our family has treasured in recent years especially. Some selections were played at both of Mother and Dad's respective memorial services.) | It was hard for Dad to see these and many other fruits and vegetables in this great truck-farming region of California go to waste, as well as the fish in the Salton Sea. They often gleaned what they found along the roadside. Dad and Uncle Roland enjoyed exploring the area together on their motorbikes.
94: Other stops in their travels in Canada and the US brought them to: | Fresno, CA - Wonderful friends and shirt-tail relatives, Gladys and Jim Selander | Uncle Roland went to heaven in February, 1996. Mother and Dad were with them the last days of his life - Aunt Marjorie joined him in heaven December of 1997 | Uncle Earl went to heaven July 20, 1995, and Aunt Virginia on April 19, 2009 | Wetaskiwin, AB - Dad's step-mother Eleanor Anderson, 1976 | and on her 80th birthday, with Reta, Dave and family, 1986 | Terrace, BC -Uncle Roland and Aunt Marjorie's 50th anniversary, 1986. | St. Paul, Minnesota - Aunt Ruth and Warren Johnson's wedding on December 29, 1991 | Portland, Oregon - many visits with Uncle Glenn and Aunt Sylvia. Keith and Val were married August 18, 1979. Keith reminisced that Mother and Dad had helped them paint the trim on their little house on Henry Street. | Assiniboia, SK Aunt Virginia and Uncle Earl celebrated their 50th anniversary, 1989.
95: Portland, OR - Christmas 1984 together with the Sjodins and the Larsons | Good friends from Lloydminster days - Graydon and Gladys Murdock. | Uncle Stan and Gladys - married 1989 | Sand Lake, MN - Ludwig and Gladys Haataja celebrating their 50th anniversary | In 1999 Mother and Dad traveled with Richard's father Roger and his wife Lois to Alaska. | Mother's cousin Esther and her husband Don celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. | Ludwig and Gladys, Ruth and Dana Larson, Mother and Dad | Mother with Nancy and Joel Stolte - Friends with Wycliffe and Sand Lake
96: In 1987, Mother and Dad sold their home in Sioux Lookout and returned to Cambridge purchasing a home in Pine Village. It didn't take long for them to become involved at First Baptist Church again and in the community. They enjoyed gathering for occasional meals and activities at the Senior Center and helped serve Meals-on-Wheels. Mother did mending for Grandview Christian Home, and she and Dad visited many there on a regular basis. Mother did babysitting for MOMS, volunteered at the local thrift store Shalom Shop and hosted Bible study and prayer groups at their home. They did what they could and did it with a sweet Christlike spirit. Dad loved to garden. There were always several tomato plants to catch the morning sun. Trapping was still on his to-do list, as was gathering sap from the maple trees nearby and picking blackberries! | Often Mother and Dad would meet their long-time friends from Canada, Don and Elsie Gustafson at the Village Inn in Wyoming, MN. | Dad renewed his friendship with Alton (Red) Anderson of Dalbo, a fellow trapper and organic gardener. | Nancy and Hugh Peabody lived just down the street - often they would stop over for tea and several games of Skip Bo or Scrabble. | Bible Study group Christmas party | Roy and Nancy Dedon - Sioux Lookout | Dad joined a team going from First Baptist to Jamaica to help with the 1989 hurricane recovery.
97: Often after Christmas they would head to warmer climates, visiting and helping family, then joining other retirees in volunteer work at New Tribes Mission Retirement Center in Oviedo, Florida. When a new highway project forced its closure, Dad's welding skills and experience were put to good use during the construction of a new retirement center for NTM veteran missionaries in Sanford, Florida. | Letter from Larry Brown, Chairman/CEO NTM USA, sent after Dad died. 'Lorne's fingerprints are still around this shop. - built the welding bench and engine lift we still use -designed and constructed a 10-foot extension for the backhoe to set trusses - rebuilt a backhoe bucket to fit our new machine - made bracket supports, other repairs - rebuilt the gutters on the Waukesha Bible School.'
98: While Dad was a handyman and welded on a variety of projects, Mother was definitely NOT on the beach! She wore many hats: cooking, cleaning, painting, receptionist - all in direct support of the global mission outreach that she and Dad felt so passionate about. | It wasn't all work! How nice it was to have Joan and Ralph and their family visit in 1993, and help Mother and Dad celebrate their 51st anniversary at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House. Other visitors dropped by or joined them as volunteers: Marg and Marv Dellwo, Paul and Ruth Lundgren, Bob and Millie Berry from Cambridge and others. | The fishin' wasn't too bad either - a 60#-er caught in 1991
99: In 1987 Dad was invited to participate in one of NTM's short-term work projects at a Missionary Children's School in Columbia, South America. | In April of 1993 Dad went to Papua New Guinea for three weeks to help with the rebuilding of NTM's Interface Campus following a fire which had destroyed much of the property. (Mother stayed and helped at Sanford.) The Interface Program continues today and many of those who attend become career missionaries.
100: Dad always had a soft spot in his heart for the bicycle going back to his youth! In 1988 Dad participated in one of many "bikeathons" to raise funds for the Minnesota Baptist Conference camping program and for Multiple Sclerosis. | Dad and his good friend, Dave Johnson rode together several times. | 1988 | 1988 | 1989 | Trout Lake bikeathon - 1990 Peter and Anne sent Grandpa off with prayers for a safe journey. | The bikers gathered in the parking lot at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. After praying together they headed to Trout Lake Camp, 135 miles on the highways with traffic and no bike trails! | Trout Lake -1992 (Dad must have taken a selfie early in the morning!) | Dad did three bikeathons the summer of 1990: the Trout Lake and Mink Lake bikeathons and the MS 150! | Mother rode along in the support van! | According to the age he wrote (74) on his participation bike tag, he rode the MS-150 in 1991 also! The ride was from Proctor MN near Duluth, down to the Twin Cities. He rode in memory of his brother Vernon, who died from MS in 1984. Norris brought Nate, Stacy and Anne to check in on Dad as the ride progressed. | Mink lake - 1990
101: Mother and Dad always looked forward to the family reunions on both sides. | Anderson Reunion Christopher Lake - 1968 | Anderson Reunion - 1981 | Sjodin Reunion Dr. Mainprize Park Midale, SK, July 30 - Aug 1, 1983 | Most of the time was spent reminiscing and getting acquainted, looking at pictures while the children played in the park facilities.
102: Anderson Reunion, BC - 1988 | July 5, 1992 family came to celebrate Mother and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary. | During the program at First Baptist Church the attendants at Mother and Dad's wedding shared memories. A skit written by Myrtle Russell depicting times in Mother and Dad's marriage was acted out by the grandchildren. They concluded the program by singing "Find Us Faithful." A light lunch included Mother's special recipe for Canadian wedding fruitcake,which Elaine made. | Anderson-Sjodin Reunion Mainprize Park, Midale, SK July 1985 | Tim and Jackie Sjodin were the newlyweds at the reunion - married July 6th, 1985 | Mother and Dad pulled a trailer with their pickup which had a topper. Carol, Peter and Anne rode in the back of the pickup on a comfy mattress, sleeping in the trailer at night.
103: 50th Anniversary Poem Written and Narrated by Myrtle Russell Virginia Sjodin in Kipling, Lorne the Anderson's son, Grew up 250 miles apart on farms in Saskatchewan. Her father died when she was 12, that left so much to do, Times were hard and money scarce, Lorne knew privation, too. Shooting jackrabbits, trapping skunks, he skinned the smelly lot, And earned the cash he needed, a used bicycle he bought. Getting a high school education, to him was a giant leap, So he pastored a little church that year to earn his board and keep. He tried coal mining with his brother, but love of music was supreme, Singing duets and mixed quartets in a busy gospel team. Death, drought and Bible School caused the two to meet. He noted all that she could do, and thought her very sweet. Cupid watched the budding romance, an engagement ring was placed, In 42 the war seemed near, it's ominous clouds they traced. He toted cement in Calgary, no menial job despised, Worked farms, but in the coffee shop, he got his fill of left-over pies! So they married in July that year, then he went overseas, Letters, pictures, treasures dear, to lonely hearts brought peace. He served the Canadian Army about 4 years or so, Lloydminster's oil boom meant jobs and welding he came to know. And now a daughter came to bless, Elaine was born in '46, Carol, Joan, Norris and Brian made for a jolly mix. Church work kept them busy, missions a prime concern, They explored North Canadian Indians, the Lord to North Minnesota turned. JOY they spelled with Jesus first, others followed next, You yourselves you freely gave, 3 points for a perfect sermon text. From Northern Minnesota to Spring Vale church they moved, Four years the congregation served, this love for God they proved. Always interested in Bible Camps, from Trout on to Mink Lake, The budding King's Ranch by Cambridge, for 5 years care did take. but back to Canada they went to minister to Indian youth, Opening their home to several and giving them God's truth. By now retirement time was near, perhaps not rich in things of earth, But they count their blessings by the score of so much greater worth. But warmed they were by south-bound trips they sold their home up there, The people in Pine Village found they're neighbors who really care. Lorne's tried out in 6 bikeathons in spite of his 70 years, And looks forward to another one, perhaps his last, he fears. They're busy at First Baptist, Grandview, MOMS, Shalom, Meals-on-Wheels, plus calls for help, you seldom find them home. They winter now in Florida, New Tribes Mission needs their skill, With Lorne's jack-of-trades, her hospitality, their winter hours fill. Ten grandchildren have come to bless, and rejoice with them today, good relatives and friends here gathered, "Best Wishes" also say. For Christian heritage they're thankful, witness in word and song, And now to a happy family the heritage passes on. As down the years their witness true to everyone did ring, Give ear as they their voices join as now for us they sing. | Attending Bible school | Pie-eating days | Welding | Dad riding his bike | Canadian Army | Marriage | Retirement
104: Anderson Reunion, Christopher Lake, 1993 | Thanksgiving 1992 Brian gave Mother and Dad, Sharps, and Sperry's the royal tour of KI Sawyer AFB in Michigan. We saw the B52 Bomber on display, as well as a beautiful waterfall and beaches along Lake Michigan. | Summer visit to Leonard and Marjorie's | April 13, 1992 Uncle Gust went to heaven - he was 99 years old!
105: For Mother's 75th birthday (March 13, 1994) the Sharp, Sperry and Wood grandkids prepared a great supper, complete with moving the dining room table into the living room by the bay window! What a wonderful meal and great service!
106: The summer of 1995, Brian headed to Alaska for his next Air Force assignment. There he met Melissa Cooler, also an RN in the USAF. They came to Cambridge for Thanksgiving in November of 1996, and wedding bells rang on May 1, 1997! "The big surprise of the evening was instigated by Mother! While waiting for the Bride and Groom to arrive at the reception (a great B & B in Anchorage where the newlyweds would spend the night), Mother tutored the younger gals on how to short-sheet their bed, with a twinkle in her eye - a prank never forgotten and loved forever!" | Written on the soles of Brian's shoes - "At Last!"
107: Mother and Dad became US citizens the summer of 1996. Jodi and Amy spent several of the summer months with them and were witnesses to this important event. | More Memories with our growing Grandkids 1990's - 2000's | Julia graduated from High School 1993 - Mother and Dad visited her at Wheaton College | Christmas 1994 in Oklahoma with Priscilla | Nate, Anne and Stacy at Grandma and Grandpa's 1995 | Willow with Grandma and Grandpa | Priscilla harvested maple sap with Grandpa | Peter graduated from Bethel College 1999 | Nate graduated from High School 2000 | Nate, Stacy, Anne and Peter 2000 | Stacy graduated from High School 2003 | Grandma and Grandpa visited Willow & Leif in S Carolina | Heidi and Amy with Grandma and Grandpa 2005 | Mother and Dad visiting Sharps in Mexico. | Heidi graduated from NTBI, Waukesha WI 2001 | Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa at Sperry's - 1994 | Scrabble at Grandma and Grandpa's in Pine Village | 1994 - Amy, Julia, and Jodi helped Grandma make lefse. | Grandma and Grandpa with the Woods in OK | With Willow in North Carolina 2001 | Leif with Grandma 2002 - they shared a March 13th birth date!
108: Wedding Bells ring for some of the grandchildren! | Jodi and Ed Gardiner August 8, 1998 | Julia and Brad Baurain August 5, 2000 | Amy and Mark Schiffner November 27, 1999
109: "All things work together for good . . ." Dad was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Cambridge the summer of 1989. Fortunately his injury was not life-threatening and his broken leg healed. With the settlement he purchased a Woodmizer portable sawmill. This sawmill brought a lot of pleasure to Dad. Often he would get a call from someone who wanted him to remove a tree from their property. Besides helping, he was able to spend a lot of time outdoors. | Mother and Dad's good friends, Kenny and Virginia Loren from Grandy permitted Dad to put the Woodmizer on their property as a semi- permanent setup. He built a lean-to in the woods for the boards that were sawn, some of which he sold, but most of them given away! | "As we burned wood on the weekends, we'd often come home after work, and see tracks on the grass and a pile of slab lumber or chunks that wouldn't work out for boards on the woodpile. What a blessing." Jim and Carol | Sharpening the Woodmizer blades. | How did he manage those huge logs? We probably don't want to know! His trusty red tractor was put to good use. | After a tornado brought down several trees in Cambridge, Dad wasn't afraid of the work it would take to make something useful out of them. | These discarded electric/phone poles still had some good cedar boards left in them! | Dad set up a planer in the pole barn at Jim and Carol's.
110: Christian camping was still an important part of Mother and Dad's lives. They enjoyed participating in ServeCorp, a group of volunteers who went up each spring to prepare Trout Lake and Mink Lake Camps for summer camping. A work group was formed to prepare wood for the new camping expansion at Trout Lake Camp called Timber Ridge. Dad volunteered to bring his Woodmizer and help with the project. They worked on locations in Cambridge and at Mink Lake near Grand Marais, MN. Norris trailered the sawmill and Nate joined in as well. Mother was part of the cooking crew for these hungry workers and enjoyed the fellowship with friends.
111: Well into his 90's Dad continued to get a kick out of making home-made maple syrup, designing Rube-Goldberg-esque systems for tapping, collecting and the cooking of the sap. One Saturday in the spring of 2010, we went to see them. Mother didn't know where Dad was (not unusual as often he would head out and not say where he was going - leaving his options open!) He was down the hill by the Rum River, stepping over fallen logs to check the sap collections from the maple trees! It wasn't the first time we had heard "you've got to take risks!"
112: Dad loved seeking and plucking the fruits of the earth, as he found them or after planting them. He planted grape vines around the carport as well as a high-bush cranberry tree. Often there was more than plenty for Mother to clean and make into jam, jelly, and syrup. Much was shared with family, neighbors and friends. | Throughout the decade beginning in 1990, they still loved and were able to travel to family weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and funerals. | When Joan and Ralph Sharp were in town (1995) we met at Dan and Barb's home in Buffalo, MN. | Other gatherings with Ruth Anderson Johnson and her family in succeeding years | 2008 - Ruth's 80th Birthday at Mill Ridge Commons | 2010 - Farewell party for Ruth at Mill Ridge Commons | September 2009 -Visit with Tim, Robin, Glenn and Sylvia | 2007 Afternoon tea with Scott and Ruth
113: They visited with Mother's Aunt Alda in Kelowna, BC. She showed them the beautiful quilts she loved to make. | (In 2010, Aunt Alda celebrated her 100th birthday, which Mother and Dad were not able to attend. Both Stanley and Glenn joined in the celebration, along with Alda's two daughters Esther and Eunice and their families and many friends.) Aunt Alda went to heaven March 3, 2013 - almost 103 years old! She had written the following poem for her 100th birthday. | Down the coast to Portland, Oregon they went that April of 1996 to Krista and Kevin's wedding. Several of their children also flew in to celebrate the special occasion! | My 100th Birthday Poem | Now my birthday is over and 100 years are gone, but with Jesus as my conductor I will bravely carry on. I will never worry, I will never fret. With Jesus as my Savior, I'm sure He can use me yet. I will always tell the story of Jesus and His grace. How He saved my soul when I was young and kept me all these days. Life is like a journey you start when you are born. Day by day your life moves on to a future yet unknown. Year by year you travel on with your daily load. You keep your hands upon the wheel and your eyes upon the road. You will never falter, you will never fail, Careful not to ditch yourself if you should lose the trail. Life isn't always rosy, it sometimes can be rough. But when the test is over God says 'that's enough'. So when trials and testings come we must accept them all with joy. For it is God's way of perfecting us for a future with Him to enjoy. Friends may come and friends may go but life goes on forever. Nothing in this world below that bond of love can sever. I had a loving husband, and my family is loving, too. I think I've been treated like a queen, almost all life through. But life is like a two-way street, it has an intersection. You can turn right, or you can turn wrong, only you can decide the direction. I'm glad I chose the right way that day when I was young, For I keep my eyes on Jesus and He helps me all along. Some day He'll open the pearly gate and invite me to come in. Then I'll see Him face to face, my Savior and my King. I will end my poem quoting, a song we used to sing. I hope you'll sing it with me, much joy to you it will bring. "Oh, that will be glory for me, glory for me, glory for me. When by His grace I shall look on His face, That will be glory, be glory for me. Friends will be there I have loved long ago. Peace like a river around me will flow. Just to be near the dear Savior, I know, will through the ages be glory for me."
114: "On the road again . . . " Two reunions were attended in August of 1998: The Kanten School Reunion (August 2) in southern Saskatchewan where Dad grew up, and an Anderson Family Reunion at Cypress Hills, western Alberta, in mid-August. | There were a lot of memories to recall as Dad and two of his siblings, Virginia and Leonard gathered with others there on the Saskatchewan prairie near Fife Lake. | From page 2 of the program: "Once upon a time during the years of 1910 to 1912, in the area along the north shores of Fife Lake, a community of settlers was being formed with many children in the homes. A school was needed. . . . Sept. 28, 1912- The Board of the Kanten School District #1206 was called to order by John L. Anderson (Dad's grandfather), Senior Trustee. He was elected Chairman." An estimate of the cost to purchase land, build, and equip a school: $1,595.00 A two-acre parcel was purchased for $20. The offer that was accepted to build the building was for $335. The first teacher's salary for the six-month term was $780. The contract to light and keep the fires was given to Henry Askeland for a sum of $.25/day. Water was hauled to school daily at a rate of 15 cents a day. 1930 - Lorne Anderson was hired to keep stable and toilets clean for $8.00/year.". . . | Sports played a great part in the life of Kanten School. "It had a baseball star pitcher in the person of R. J. Ruthven . . . with Lorne Anderson, the only one daring enough to don a catcher's mitt and stand behind the home plate when R. J. was on the mound." | A cairn was dedicated on August 2, 1998 "to all who shared in the life of Kanten School # 1206 (from 1912 - 1947)." | Some memories entered in the program by Dad "Kanten School made a very memorable impression early in my life, although not in any way academic. . . At the tender age of between 4 and 5 in early September, my Dad, Dave Anderson wanted to check out the ripeness of the 80-acre wheat field that extended northward from home, three quarters of a mile to the road that ran west, to east on the north side of the school. I guess I let him know that I wanted to go with him. He apparently under-estimated both my weight and his strength reserve - the grain was much taller than I. So about one-half mile into the field, he found a knoll where the stand of grain was shorter and he asked me to just stay there while he checked out the taller grain further toward the school. Hearing coyotes barking and howling was pretty common to my young ears, but it seemed like I was waiting forever. Then, what was that sound? Yes, it was coyotes, and I wasn't about to let them have a free meal. In panic I hit for home. I'm still certain that at that point my guardian angel took charge and eventually I emerged from the wheat field about a quarter of a mile east of home. When Dad couldn't find me on that knoll in the grain, he hurried home, got on a horse and rode through the field but without success. So he came home to arrange for help form the neighbors. He was there with mother when I 'dropped in to see them' - Whew! And then there was thanksgiving and hugs and kisses. Now the "bombshell" revelation - Dad had heard "it" too - only he, being wiser, identified it precisely - the sound of Kanten School at recess time! It was, without doubt, my earliest encounter with a wonderful school and at which I too joined the "COYOTES at recess time!" - Our teachers wanted us to become good citizens and I remember our Christmas program productions which sometimes included comedy plays, drama, and a choir. It was my teacher, Miss Shipman, who for one of these Christmas programs asked me to consider singing the Alto part in the Christmas song "There's a Song in the Air." It was my first venture in harmonizing." Then of course, there was sports and recreation - in winter there was skiing on the nearby Askeland pasture hill - "shush boom" style mostly, but some ski jumps were in vogue too, greatly reducing the lifespan of a pair of skis. . . . I guess soft ball took center-stage when snow wasn't present. Competition with other schools at Field Day meets was pretty keen, but under the super-fast pitching and some fairly good sluggers we usually made out okay. It seems like I can still feel the sting of that ball in my catcher's mitt when R. J. Ruthven let loose with that under-hand fast-ball pitch!!"
115: August 1998 Anderson Family Reunion Cypress Hills, Western Alberta | Quite a magnificent machine! Standing by these steam-powered tractors brought back memories of Dad's early life on the Canadian prairies!
116: From October 1998 to June 1999 Brian was working on a Medical Readiness Fellowship at Hickham AFB in Hawaii. Melissa flew from Elmendorf AFB in Alaska to Hawaii for Easter and they invited Mother and Dad to join them. It was a memorable trip! | On August 18th, Willow Erin was born in Palmer, Alaska! Mother and Dad were blessed to be with their new granddaughter. | Dad and Mother take a little canoe ride while in Alaska. | Melissa and Willow flew to Minnesota while Brian headed to his next assignment in Korea. Everyone was so happy to see little Willow before they joined Brian in Korea! | Missy, Stacy holding baby Willow, Nate and Norris | Anne and Carol also got to hold Willow.
117: In their 80's and still traveling! | They went to Canada to celebrate Stanley's 80th birthday in April 2000. Visits were also made to the Highland Church and Fife Lake at that time and again in 2002. | 2004 - trip to Kipling with Laura and Al, Glenn and Sylvia, Stan and Gladys | Emma Sjodin's house in Midale, 2004 | An artesian well near Fife Lake - Dad and other family members loved to stop and drink from it whenever they were in the area | The two Virginias | The old farm house in Kipling
118: 60th Anniversary - July 5, 2002
119: 2005 Isanti County Senior Citizens of the year | On June 3rd Mother fell and broke her hip, followed by surgery and therapy. While she was recuperating they received the news that they had been chosen to be the outstanding Senior Citizens of Isanti County for 2005. Mother attended the ceremony at the Isanti County Fair in July using her walker. In September they were honored again, along with other county recipients from across the state at the State Fair in St. Paul. | Mother and Dad visited Elaine and Richard in Oklahoma in January of 2003 for a late Christmas celebration. Missy, Willow and Leif joined them, as Brian was deployed. | Summer of 2002 -trip to Sioux Lookout with Brian and Missy, Willow and Leif to visit Bi and Wilf Wingenroth. | Mother and Dad loved to deliver Meals on Wheels. | While Brian was overseas, Dad mailed Brian a copy of the poem his father David had mailed to him when he was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in WWII. Dad kept it in his uniform pocket throughout his service.
120: Here come the Great-Grandchildren! Alec Schiffner - 4-25-2001 Emma Gardiner - 12-25-2001 Annika Schiffner - 8-7-2003 Kristin Baurain - 10-18-2003 Meghan Gardiner - 3-27-2004 (born on Dad's birthday!) Caroline Baurain - 6-1-2005 Katie Gardiner - 11-15-2005 Isaiah Baurain - 6-24-2007 Andrew Gardiner - 7-10-2007 Blair Sperry - 2-15-2009 Marissa Schiffner - 9-21-2011 Anna Baurain - 1-23-2012 Livia Sperry - 2-27-2012 Erik Sperry - 6-20-2013 Harper Anderson - 9-10-2013 Judith Schiffner - 10-27-2013 | Four generations!
121: As adults, each of us five children have special memories of times with Mother and Dad. | 2006 - Norris made a road trip to Scott AFB where Brian was stationed. He took Mother and Dad and the little red tractor. | At Mother and Dad's in Pine Village, cooking up a storm - probably preparing salmon! It was good medicine to have her sons near. | 2009 - Brian became a Colonel! Missy, Willow and Leif and the rest of us were very proud. The ceremony took place at Scott AFB, IL the spring of 2009, with his three sisters attending. Brian had ordered leis from Hawaii for the ladies. Because Mother was still recuperating from a fall, she and Dad were not able to attend. Brian and his family came to Cambridge at Easter and repeated the ceremony. Brian brought a lei for Mother. | 2003 with Willow and Mother in North Carolina | A visit to Brian and Missy's while stationed at Charleston AFB from 2004 - 2006 | Brian | Helping Brian with a project | 2007 - the passing of the otter | 2009 and 2010 Thanksgiving in Ohio - good food, a pedicure by Missy, and a game of scrabble with Leif
122: Norris | 2007 - Norris took Mother and Dad up to Sand Lake Baptist Church on a day trip. | 2006 - A summer outing in the sport canoe | . . . a visit to Cambridge, | 2010 - A road trip up to Mink Lake Camp | Norris and Judy | Thanksgiving 2009 and 2010, Norris took Mother and Dad to see Brian and Missy and family in Ohio. Joan and Ralph joined them from Toronto in 2010. | 2009 - Norris took Mother and Dad over to Wheaton where Dad's father was born. | 2009 - Making cinnamon rolls was good therapy for Mother after her fall - no better therapist than Norris! He was learning how to make them and carry on the tradition. | . . . then a road trip to bring the red tractor to Brian at Scott AFB
123: Joan | July 2011 - four generations: Mother with Jodi, Katie and Joan | Joan and Ralph | Joan spent several weeks helping with Mother and Dad's care - playing scrabble was a #1 priority. Often, Mother was still on top of her game! Jodi came with Katie to spend time with them as well. | Joan with Dad in the last weeks at Mill Ridge. | Thanksgiving, 2010 - a game of Scrabble with Mother and Willow | Joan with Dad at GracePointe Crossing - 2014 | September 2009 | Knowing Mother's penchant for anything with lemon, two lemon meringue pies were brought for supper during Stan, Laura and Al's visit in 2011. | Eaater 2013 - four generations Mother with Joan , Amy, Annika, and Marisa | Mother was overwhelmed by Joan's surprise arrival just before the move to Haven House.
124: Carol | Easter 2012 - Mother needed a job and the Boston Creme Pie needed the filling spread - so she did a great job and got to lick the knife! | Just after Mother's eye surgery in February of 2011 | April 2008 | March 2009 - Dad and Carol visited Mother while she was at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis after her fall in December 2008. | March 2008 - Dad invited me to go to the Father/Daughter banquet at First Baptist. He was so sweet -went to the Floral shop and bought a corsage! | Jim and Carol | Mother's Day 1985 Anne, Carol and Mother | Mother's 80th Birthday Tea - 1999 with Anne, Judy, Stacy and Carol | Christmas Eve 2013 - Anne came up for tea, coffee and donuts. | September 2009 4 Generations - Mother with Carol, Peter and Blair
125: Elaine | February 2011 - Elaine came to be with Mother for her eye surgery and post op care. | Elaine and Missy treat Mother to a pedicure! | Richard and Elaine | Spring - 2007 Elaine was promoted to Assistant Professor at OU. Mother and Dad attended the ceremony. | Spring - 2004 4 Generations Mother, Elaine, Julia, and Kristin | Easter 2008 | September 2009 - Mother just finished eating her favorite potato pancakes at Perkins! | February 2013 - Elaine with Mother in the Mill Ridge dining room - the last lunch before moving to Haven House
126: Christmas 1999 | Family often gathered at Jim and Carol's on Christmas Eve.We religiously kept the Swedish traditions - always potato sausage, lefse, hard tack, pickled herring and rice pudding, filling in with non-Scandinavian favorites. Elaine always sent up fruitcake. | After dinner and before we opened gifts, Dad would read the Christmas Story. | Christmas 2007 - Elaine sent fuzzy scarves for the ladies and OU caps for the fellows. | Early December 2008 Elaine arranged for a combined Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration at the Mercer cabin in NE Oklahoma. Norris brought Mother and Dad, Brian and Missy came from Illinois. Willow was the "Lucia" queen with Swedish tea ring. | Christmas 2011 - Norris brought warm hats!
127: Physical Injuries/Challenges | December 16th, 2008 Mother and Dad were arriving at their small group Bible Study. Mother fell, hitting her head on the cement floor of the garage. She was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, having suffered traumatic brain injury. Many people were praying for her recovery. Norris, Brian and Elaine, the medical brains of the family, kept on top of her therapy, sometimes through remote care conferences. Post-hospital rehab included initial therapy at GracePointe. Norris facilitated a transfer to to the excellent program at Sister Kenny Rehab Institute in Minneapolis. When she was able to return home, Elim Home Care's Guardian Angels provided additional therapy and home care assistance. Mother made a remarkable recovery, being 89 years old. We postponed her 90th birthday celebration until September of 2009. Elaine and Joan both came for extended periods of time to help when she was able to be at home. Norris and Carol monitored daily and weekly care. Norris made sure that she didn't forget how to make cinnamon rolls and play the piano. | Mother's Day 2009 "You've come a long way, Mama!"
128: Family gathered in Cambridge from Oklahoma, Ontario, Illinois and Minnesota to celebrate Dad's 90th birthday March 27th, 2007. | In September families came from across the US and Canada to celebrate this special time in Mother's life: Uncle Stan, Tim and Jackie came from Saskatchewan Glenn and Sylvia from Oregon Elaine and Richard from Oklahoma Brian, Willow and Leif from Illinois Joan from Toronto Norris and Judy from Olivia Peter, Bethany, and Blair from Minneapolis Anne from St. Paul Aunt Ruth from Cambridge | We celebrated Mother's actual birthday on March 13, 2009. Since she was still recuperating from her head injury, and relatives from farther distances wanted to come, we planned a larger family gathering for Labor Day weekend in September. | Happy 90th Birthday, Dad! | Happy 90th Birthday, Mother!
130: Life at 2210 Pine Village | Mother and Dad always loved spending time with family at their home. | Stan, Laura and Al - 2007 | 2010 | Summer 2010 | 2008 - Making Hard Tack with Leif and Willow | June 3 Dad fell by the side of their bed, fracturing his hip. He was happy for company. | Granddaughters Heidi and Priscilla enjoyed visiting with Grandma and Grandpa and eating fresh cinnamon rolls.
131: 2010 - Norris teaches Stacy and Anne how to make Grandma's cinnamon rolls. He inherited Mother's bowl, rolling pin and baking pans since they no longer needed to cook at Mill Ridge Commons. | Moving to Mill Ridge Commons - July 2010 | As they grew more frail and needed some assistance with household tasks, a transition was made to Mill Ridge Commons, a senior living complex connected to Grandview Christian Home. Many of their friends from church also lived there. A noon meal was provided and often they would use the left-overs for the evening meal. We added daily assistance from Elim Home Care Guardian Angels, increasing the hours as required. Dad's skates provided a novel Christmas decoration at the entrance to their apartment! | Faithful visitors Myrtle Danielson, Ruth and Paul Lundgren | Guardian Angels Elim Home Care - such a good provision for household tasks and daily care for Mother and Dad. | Mill Ridge Commons hosted several special events for the residents - this was a dress-up dinner in the dining room, July 2010. | Settling in to new surroundings - not an easy task in their 90's. | Nancy and Hugh Peabody were also so good to come for a visit; Nancy would make sure they found their way to Hymn sing every Friday in the chapel. | They always enjoyed having guests join them for a meal in the lovely dining room.
132: Life at Mill Ridge Commons Continued | Eye exams for both Mother and Dad were scheduled the end of 2010, early January 2011. Dad's went without a hitch, new glasses ordered and fitted. Mother said, "I hope I don't have to get new glasses because I can see really well with these." But when Dr. Villela completed the exam, he directed us to make a trip without delay to a specialist in St. Paul to confirm a large growth (melanoma) in Mother's right eye. His diagnosis was confirmed, surgery (encased enucleation) scheduled (March 1, 2011), and additional scans done to check for cancer elsewhere. Fortunately they all came back negative. Elaine came up to be with Mother at their apartment to monitor post-surgery care. Brian came up at Easter, Norris came over often. Joan came to spend several weeks as well. Jodi and Katie came for a week in July. We went down to Bloomington in May to an ocularist who designed and fitted an eye piece for Mother - it was absolutely amazing to watch him paint free-hand, the molded piece to look just like her right eye. Through the next few years, there were times when it slipped out. Fortunately it was always found and put back in place. While her interest in reading decreased, she still loved to play scrabble. | Taking a stroll at the Mall of America while we waited for Mother's eye piece to be readied. | Jodi and Katie visit from California. | Nate and Stacy graduated from college and came to Mill Ridge for a visit.
133: A visit from Uncle Stan, Laura and Al Scrabble was high on the agenda | Glenn and Sylvia from Bend, Oregon | Mother and Richard battling it out on the Scrabble board! | We had a great "Girls Night Out" with Mother at the Good Earth in Roseville. | Mother helps Missy and Brian with the dishes. | Grandkids Leif and Willow came to visit at Thanksgiving. | Blair and Carol brought cupcakes for Great Grandma and Grandpa's birthdays in March. | Happy anniversary, July 5, 2011!
134: Their children and grandchildren kept life interesting and as the saying goes, "The acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree!" In 2010 several grandchildren picked up the torch to ride for Multiple Sclerosis - the MS 150. Peter, Bethany, and Anne | 2012, Brittany and Carol signed up. | In 2011, Nate joined them. | Norris often brought Mother and Dad to the North Branch lunch stop to watch the riders coming through on their way to the finish line. In 2010 Priscilla and Heidi were visiting, and joined the cheering section! | 2013 - Joan headed up with us to Hinckley to see Anne come in on Day 1. Day 2 was a cold rainy wet day on the bikes! | 2014 - Anne rode with Joe, who just 2 weeks before had given her the lovely diamond she was wearing! | 2015 - Carol joined the Anderson-Sperry crew again. She crossed the finish line with Dad's bike tag from his MS ride, and a Coffee Crisp!
135: Fall 2011 - more family weddings. Mother and Dad were not able to travel anymore but visits and pictures were shared following each wedding. | Nate and Brittany September 24, 2011 Moorhead, MN | Peter and Jennifer October 29, 2011 Bellingham, WA
136: 2012 | Friends from Mill Ridge, church and the community celebrated Mother and Dad's anniversary in the dining room at Mill Ridge Commons. | At 93 and 95, respectively it took more effort for Mother and Dad to go down to the dining room for lunch and move around their apartment. Both were using walkers. Dad was stronger mentally and physically and yet, in February (2013) he fell as they left the dining room. He was hospitalized for a few days. The qualifier for his release from the hospital was that he and Mother would need more care than Mill Ridge Commons and Guardian Angels Home Care could provide. | Easter 2012 | Mother with her girls - the last tea together at Mill Ridge Commons (Red Rose tea in her Royal Albert Yellow Rose teacups!) | Christmas 2012 at Jim and Carol's | July 2012 - Surprise visit from Uncle Stan, Tim and Jackie | Mother attended a baby shower for her 13th great granddaughter, Livia Taylor Sperry, at Esther's, on January 22, 2012. | Glenn, Mother's youngest brother sent a congratulatory letter to honor the occasion (he was 10 when Mother and Dad were married.) | "Such a lifetime of exciting adventures. My recollections of that day, July 5th, 1942 are that it was a clear and sunny day in the exclusive subdivision of Highland, Saskatchewan, a suburb of Kipling. Our specially zoned subdivision allowed cattle, chickens, horses and a few pigs. The chores were hurried, animals to be fed - on went the Sunday duds. We were off to the Highland Baptist Church for a special community celebration. A young fellow from Stockholm had arrived and our sister was in a commotion - everything had to be "just sooooo"!! [Harold Kemp] conducted a short ceremony. Then the "good stuff" (as in food) was brought to the outdoor tables. The happy couple set out for Regina to return Lorne to the Army. Stan and Virginia Anderson (Lorne's sister) took Lorne and Virginia's trunk to the Dash Farm where Roland Anderson was living. The horse and buggy ended up in the ditch when the horse shied, but they drove on and delivered the trunk undamaged. The rest is history!! But the really good stuff started coming to the [Sjodin] farm when Lorne sent candy bars home to Virgie. She kindly stored them in the attic and many disappeared - I hope she wasn't counting!! From your much younger brother, Glenn (for Sylvia too)" | 70th Anniversary!
137: The move to Haven House | During their previous visits, Joan and Elaine had taken time to check into assisted living options in the Cambridge area. A place was available at Haven House on the north end of Cambridge. All of us worked to help them make the transition, with Joan, Elaine and Brian coming into town. Norris brought his trailer, Jon surprised us by driving straight through to see Grandma and Grandpa and help with the move. We hung their pictures and tried to make it "home" for them. It was the first time in over 70 years that they had separate beds. | Peter and Jenny stopped by to say hi. | Amy came at Easter with Alec, Annika, and Marissa. Uncle Stan, Al and Laura made an Easter visit too.
138: By mid-summer of 2013 we sensed that Mother was in need of total nursing-home care. We called Julie at GracePointe (Grandview Christian Home to Mother and Dad and most of our family!) and were able to get them settled there within a couple of days. This was a place that was familiar with great nursing care. Many friends from church and the community lived, volunteered, and visited there regularly. We treasured Sunday chapel services together - Chaplain Len was such a shepherd and servant to Mother and Dad and our family. | Less than a week after they moved in the staff could see that Mother's dementia was making it difficult to function comfortably on the first floor; so she was moved to the 2nd floor Memory Care unit. That was a very tough move - she and Dad were now in separate rooms and on different floors. She was able to have a private room, which was so nice - she loved being there by herself, and not have to sit in her chair in the day room with others. Dad wheeled himself up to visit her daily, managing the elevator without too much difficulty. | Dad was in a semi-private room, so we requested a bed by the window where he could look outside and watch the birds. The staff maintained a lovely vegetable garden in the inner courtyard next to the dining room. During the tomato season Dad would gather ripe tomatoes and put them behind the curtain on the window sill for Carol to take home. He didn't like to see them go to waste! | They celebrated their 71st anniversary together, enjoyed the cards, cupcakes and ice cream.
139: Joan's entry on CaringBridge: "February 20th - Mom's wonderful hospice nurse Cleta sensed that Mom's condition had changed significantly and if family wanted to see her we should come sooner than later. Elaine, Brian and I arrived within a few days. Along with Carol and Norris we were able to begin making plans to celebrate our Mom's life." Elaine's entry: 'Saturday March 1 and Sunday March 2 we especially noted changes . . . Julia and I sang hymns in the morning, Carol and Joan in the afternoon and Norris was with her early in the evening. I felt impressed to go back about 10 pm and was with her until she made the transition to Heaven just before midnight. Now she could sing praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Carol and Joan joined me shortly after and with tears streaming down our faces we were able to sing her standing request "I Sing of Thee."' | Mother and Dad seemed happy to be together at GracePointe's Christmas buffet early in December (2013). | Norris, Stacy, Nate, Brittany and Harper came to share little Harper Grace, born September 10, 2013, with Mother and Dad. | Glazed raised doughnuts for Mother, plain cake ones for Dad!
140: Plans were made to honor Mother's life. The date was set for Saturday March 8th, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Minnesota. Family and friends were contacted, travel arrangements confirmed, pictures and memories gathered. We sisters were blessed to work with Kelly and Jeff at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home. Uncle Stan, Al and Laura, Tim, Jackie and Dustin came from Saskatchewan Glenn and Sylvia from Bend, Oregon Priscilla and Richard from Oklahoma Heidi and Jon from Alberta Norris from Lake Lillian, Stacy from Minneapolis Nate, Brittany and Harper from Moorhead Brian, Missy, Willow and Leif from Texas Peter, Jennifer, Livia and Erik from Hugo Anne and Joe from Minneapolis Many who were not able to attend in person, sent cards, emails, and memorials. | Julia and Anna came by car, then train from Canada, arriving in time to see Mother before she went to Heaven. | Friday evening many gathered for supper with Dad in the Swedish Room at GracePointe Crossing. It was so good to connect with family, some we hadn't seen for a long time.
141: Virginia Martha Anderson, 94, of Cambridge, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, March 2, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. She was born March 13, 1919 to Anton and Emma Sjodin in Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandma, great-grandma, auntie and friend, Virginia is survived by her husband of 71 years, Lorne Anderson of Cambridge, MN; brothers: Stanley Sjodin of Estevan, SK, Glenn (Sylvia) Sjodin of Bend, OR; five children: Elaine (Richard) Wood of Bethany, OK, Carol (James) Sperry of Cambridge, MN, Joan (Ralph) Sharp of Edmonton, AB, Norris Anderson of Lake Lillian, MN, Brian (Melissa) Anderson of San Antonio, TX, 12 grandchildren: Julia (Bradley) Baurain of Caronport, SK, Priscilla Wood of Bethany, OK, Peter (Jennifer) Sperry of Hugo, MN, Anne Sperry of Minneapolis, MN, Jodi (Edward) Gardiner of Temecula, CA, Amy (Mark) Schiffner of Billings, MT, Heidi Sharp of Calgary, AB, Jonathan Sharp of Grande Prairie, AB, Nate (Brittany) Anderson of Moorhead, MN, Stacy Anderson of Charlotte, NC, Willow Anderson of San Antonio, TX, Leif Anderson of San Antonio, TX; 16 great-grandchildren: Kristen, Caroline, Isaiah and Anna Baurain, Blair, Livia and Erik Sperry, Emma, Meghan, Katie and Andrew Gardiner, Alec, Annika, Marissa and Judith Schiffner, Harper Anderson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Her humble beginnings and lack of extensive education did not deter her from undertaking any opportunity that came along to serve her Lord, family, friends and untold others. Throughout the chapters of her life in both Canada and the USA and until her last days on this earth, she impacted the world through her loving service, prayers and sweet spirit. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31: 28-31. The family of Virginia Anderson wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all the wonderful caring staff of Gracepointe Crossing, Dr. Barry Larson, Guardian Angels Elim Home Care and Hospice staff, and all in the church and community who visited. For all the kind help and support of Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home of Cambridge, the family is extremely grateful. A celebration of her life was held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Interment followed immediately after the service at Union Cemetery, Cambridge. Virginia's life story and on-line condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. | Several years ago, two women from Cambridge made this beautiful "Dignity Quilt" for the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home. (It is placed over a family's loved one as they receive her/him into their care.) Upon Mother's death, the staff at GracePointe Crossing draped a white quilt with a gold cross over her, and offered a brief service. We and the staff, along with Jeff from the funeral home, escorted Mother's earthly body to the hearse and the beautiful quilt was placed over her. The quilt was displayed at the church, along with pictures, Bibles, and things that reminded us of special times with her. | We met with Lezlie the florist to select flowers for the weekend. This bouquet of 12 pink roses represented her 12 grandchildren. The 2nd bouquet of 16 pink and white roses represented her 16 great grandchildren. | This petite bouquet of daisies was placed with a cup from Mother's "Yellow Rose" tea service. For as long as she was able, we drank tea together from these lovely cups. | The bouquet from us 5 children was lovely - with roses, gladiolas, and stargazer lilies as Brian requested. Several other bouquets were given as well. | Virginia Anderson | Published in the Cambridge Star and the Isanti County News on March 10, 2014. | Mother's service program If you would like a copy, send an email to Carol at email@example.com.
142: Saturday March 8th dawned a beautiful crisp March day. Just before the service Brian, Nate and Missy honored Mother with a military Flag ceremony in the fireside room. Joan had written a beautiful story of Mother's life for the obituary and the program around the theme "She did what she could". Pastor Earl Lassen also wove it through his meditation. Brian gave a loving tribute on behalf of our family sharing pictures and wonderful memories of Mother.
143: Following the service we gathered at the cemetery for the committal service. Rose petals were passed for anyone who would like to place them on Mother's casket as we departed. Back at the church we enjoyed a light lunch which the ladies at First Baptist prepared and visited with family and friends who had come to honor Mother. | Rose petals from Mothers flowers were preserved and made into an ornament for each family.
144: Later in the day we gathered at the Sperry's to eat and share memories. We also celebrated Elaine and Richard's 45th anniversary.
145: More memories of the weekend: getting some fresh air getting some zzzzzzz's precious moments with Dad at chapel celebrating Uncle Stan's birthday at the Crossings hugs and photos as families left to catch their flights and head for home
146: Elaine's classmate from high school, Mary Manselle, had often visited with Mother and Dad, and continued to bring cookies and stop by for sweet visits with Dad. | Life without Mother | Carol and Blair brought donuts for coffee - the garden room was a favorite spot where we could enjoy the little birds in the aviary. | Priscilla, Dan and Scott were in town and stopped by for a much appreciated visit in June. | We celebrated Norris's 60th birthday June 23rd - chocolate cake for sure! Nate, Brittany, and Harper also came for the weekend. Brian, Peter, Jenny and family, Anne and Joe joined us for supper. | In July Elaine and Richard, Julia, Brad and family came to visit with Dad.
147: The end of September Norris and cousin Tim Anderson stopped by to visit with Dad and let him see Tim's landscaping equipment. They were heading to Wisconsin to work on a project, and Norris was bringing Dad's sawmill. There were a few occasions that fall when the receptionist found Dad heading outside. With winter coming, the staff felt he would be more secure up on 2nd floor. He now had a private room and an expansive day room overlooking the Rum River where he could watch the bridge construction and see the birds coming to the feeder. | Norris often brightened Dad's days with outings: - in late August to see the steam engine-powered tractors, and sawmill, - and drives around Cambridge in his super-comfy Chrysler 500. | Family gathered to celebrate Anne and Joe Rauch's wedding on Saturday December 6th, 2014! | Sunday we had lunch with Dad, then said good-byes.
148: GracePointe Crossing had their annual Christmas buffet early in December. Jim and I had a lovely dinner with Dad at a festively set table in the day room overlooking the river. Shortly after that, a flu bug arrived at GracePointe, and a quarantine was put in place. Family members kept in close contact with the staff. Dad was running a low temp (99.2 - 100.4) and was fighting pneumonia. He was given soft foods and liquids to help with swallowing and minimize aspiration. He did NOT like thick coffee! After the first of the year Norris, Jim and I we were able to resume our Saturday coffees and Sunday chapel visits. Early Tuesday morning March 3, 2015 the night nurse called to let us know that Dad had been given oxygen again. I called Norris and he headed over. Dad's temperature varied along with periods of dis-orientation. He slept a lot but seemed stable. | Sunday March 8th Anne and Joe came up to visit. He recognized them but didn't attempt to say much. | Carol's Notes March 10 - Dad seemed to be in decline. He wasn't eating much, nothing on his own. When I arrived he was sitting in the day room. It was difficult to get words out. He didn't try to talk much. Thursday, March 12, I left work early to go and help him with supper. He was pleasant at the table, and while he didn't talk, and didn't eat a lot, he seemed to enjoy being at the table with the other fellows. I planned on doing the same the next day. Friday morning, March 13th, I got a call from GracePointe - the aide had been in to check on him about 9:00 a.m. When she went back 15 minutes later, he had gone home to Heaven with Jesus, joining Mother on her earthly birthday, March 13th! | The staff was so kind, Pastor Len led a sweet bedside service where staff and residents were invited, followed by a procession to the hearse. The white cross quilt was exchanged for the Dignity quilt as his body was taken to Carlson-Lillemoen for preparation. Family members made plans to be in Cambridge for Dad's memorial service: | The wall of pictures in Dad's room. | Elaine, Richard and Priscilla from Oklahoma Julia, Isaiah and Anna from Saskatchewan Peter, Jenny, Blair, Livia, Erik, Anne and Joe from Minneapolis Joan and Heidi from Alberta Jodi and Andrew from California Norris, Stacy, Nate, Brittany and Harper from Minnesota Dan Anderson from Minnesota Brian from Texas Al, Laura, Tim, Jackie and Samantha from Saskatchewan Other dear friends joined us as we shared special memories of Dad. | Veterans at GracePointe Crossings were recognized for their bravery and sacrifice on Veterans Day. Dad was given a patriotic quilt made by volunteers. | We received a call Friday morning October 10th from cousin Tim Sjodin that Uncle Stan had gone to Heaven after suffering from chronic health problems. Elaine and Joan, Julia, Brad and family attended his memorial service October 17, 2014 at Midale Baptist Church. He was buried in the Highland cemetery.
150: Family and friends came to the visitation at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home Friday evening, from 6:30 - 8 PM. It was precious to visit with those who came to share their condolences. | We gathered pictures and memorabilia to be set up for the visitation Friday evening at Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge. Kelly was a master at artfully displaying pictures and memories of Dad's life, both Friday night and then bringing them over to the church on Saturday. Lezlie again did an outstanding display of flowers. | Joan again lovingly prepared the obituary, published March 18, 2015. | Lorne Earl Anderson, 97, of Cambridge, MN, went Home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday morning, March 13, 2015, at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. He was born March 27, 1917 to David and Anna Anderson in Little Woody, Saskatchewan, Canada. Lorne was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend. He was preceded in death by Virginia, his dear wife of 71 years. He is survived by step-sister Reta (Dave) Richert of Edmonton, AB; five children, Elaine (Richard) Wood of Bethany, OK, Carol (James) Sperry of Cambridge, MN, Joan (Ralph) Sharp of Grande Prairie, AB, Norris Anderson of Lake Lillian, MN, Brian (Melissa) Anderson of San Antonio, TX; 12 grandchildren, Julia (Bradley) Baurain of Caronport, SK, Priscilla Wood of Bethany, OK, Peter (Jennifer) Sperry of Hugo, MN, Anne (Joseph) Rauch of Minneapolis, MN, Jodi (Edward) Gardiner of Temecula, CA, Amy (Mark) Schiffner of Billings, MT, Heidi Sharp of Calgary, AB, Jonathan Sharp of Grande Prairie, AB, Nate (Brittany) Anderson of Moorhead, MN, Stacy Anderson of St. Paul, MN, Willow Anderson of Adkins, TX, Leif Anderson of Adkins, TX; 16 great-grandchildren, Kristen, Caroline, Isaiah and Anna Baurain, Blair, Livia, and Erik Sperry, Emma, Meghan, Katie and Andrew Gardiner, Alec, Annika, Marissa and Judith Schiffner, Harper Anderson; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lorne was no ordinary, run-of-the-mill person as family and friends can attest to. He was always "on the go," leaving practically nothing un-attempted! As a Canadian, he enlisted in the Armed Forces and served overseas as a medic in WWII and later in life became a U.S. citizen. He loved his coffee 'n cookie (or donut) several times a day, he loved people and he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout the decades of his life, he pastored at Sand Lake Baptist Church, Deer River, MN, Spring Vale Baptist Church, north of Cambridge; served with various camping ministries in both Canada and the USA; in retirement years, volunteered along with his wife, Virginia, in local charities and church activities; traveled south many winters to participate in the reconstruction of New Tribes Mission retirement facilities in Sanford, FL, as well as using his welding skills on short-term mission work projects in Columbia and Papua New Guinea. Visitation will be held Friday evening, March 20th, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge, MN. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. A private interment at Cambridge Union Cemetery will precede the service. Online condolences: www.carlsonlillemoen.com. The family of Lorne Anderson wishes to extend sincere thanks to all the wonderful caring staff of Haven House, Guardian Angels Elim Home Care, GracePointe Crossing, Dr. Barry Larson and all in the church and community who visited, encouraged and prayed for Lorne, especially in his last years. | Lorne E. Anderson
151: Saturday morning Brian and Nate honored Dad with the military flag ceremony, Carol reading the narrative for each fold. The processional to the cemetery followed.
153: This is the program for Dad's Memorial Service. If you would like a copy, send an email to Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org | Dad's Favorite Song "Down From His Glory" Ruth Larson would play it at hymn sing and also at chapel on Sunday morning. Dad would sing along as he was able. The grandchildren led the singing of this at his service. | As we were planning the service, Norris suggested that we honor Dad with a processional using his sport canoe as a final tribute. The pallbearers carried it in (Norris provided yellow work gloves like Dad always wore), then family members followed with items that were meaningful to Dad: paddle, panier, pelt, sawn board, fishing pole, and his red and black wool shirt. During family tributes to Dad, Norris spoke often of how Dad "did so much with so little" - a fitting testimony of Dad's life and influence. | Pastor Joel Reiter, a long-time family friend led the service and earlier committal at the cemetery.
154: Fellowship, Food, and Farewell . . .
155: The next chapters are in the making! Thank You, Heavenly Father, and thank you, Mother and Dad.